Police ID armed man shot by Phoenix officer following Saturday DUI incident

The man fatally shot by a Phoenix police officer following a DUI investigation on Saturday has been identified as 36-year-old Matthew Anthony Sansotta, police said.

Police officers responded to an apartment complex in Phoenix after receiving calls of a truck driving erratically and swerving in the roadway, nearly hitting a pedestrian. The caller followed the truck toward the parking lot of the apartment complex after reporting the driver was drinking what appeared to be alcohol.

Two officers arrived on the scene to find Sansotta reclined in the drivers seat of the truck, with a rifle near the center console area, police said. Officers asked Sansotta to get out of the truck and noticed a holstered handgun in the driver-side door pocket, according to Sgt. Bower, a spokesperson for the Phoenix Police Department.

The officers noticed signs of intoxication and began a DUI investigation, according to Sgt. Bower.

"During the investigation, the man approached the open driver’s door and grabbed the holstered handgun fromthe door pocket," Bower wrote in a Feb. 25 press release. "One of the officers grabbed ahold of the man and began struggling for control of the gun."

The second officer noticed the commotion and went over to help. After seeing the struggle over the handgun, the officer shot Sansotta, police said.

Sansotta was taken to a local hospital by the Phoenix Fire Department where he later died from his injuries. Neither of the officers were injured during the incident, according to Sgt. Bower.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Man shot by Phoenix police following Saturday DUI incident