Glendale officer shoots, kills armed man who ignored orders, threatened woman earlier at ATM

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GLENDALE, Arizona — A Glendale police officer fatally shot a man who threatened and pointed a gun at a woman during an earlier confrontation at a bank's drive-thru ATM, authorities said Wednesday.

The woman and one of her relatives got the license plate of the man's truck and called 911. An officer went Tuesday night to Joseph Tassinari's residence, where the 63-year-old ignored commands after saying he was armed, police said. The officer had called for backup, which had yet to arrive.

The officer used a stun gun on Tassinari, but it was ineffective. Tassinari kept refusing to listen to orders, and when he reached for his waistband, the officer opened fire, perceiving the move as a deadly threat, authorities said.

Tassinari died at the scene and a gun was found on him after he was shot, according to police.

The identity of the officer was not released immediately. Under department policy, he was placed on administrative leave, police said.

At the bank, Tassinari had honked and yelled profanities at the woman and then threatened and pointed a gun at her when she started to get out of her vehicle, police said. But the run-in at the bank was not a robbery attempt, authorities said.

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