Man killed after throwing rocks at police

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Police shot and killed an ex-convict Saturday morning after he refused to stop throwing rocks at officers outside a Phoenix precinct.

The man — identified as 41-year-old Lonnie Niesen — threw a rock at a police car outside a Phoenix police precinct on Saturday morning and struck the vehicle, the Arizona Republic reported.

Niesen threw another rock at the precinct, breaking the glass on a door. He threw another rock as policemen approached, aiming for one of the officers' heads. The rock bounced off a tree and hit the officer's hand instead, Sgt. Jonathan Howard told the Arizona Republic in a news video.

According to NBC News, the same officer responded by firing a single shot, critically wounding Niesen. He died later at a local hospital.

Niesen's family told police that he had taken a gun and alcohol on Friday, but returned the weapon Saturday morning, reported the Arizona Republic. They added that he was "impaired" — without specifying how — and was making suicidal statements when he left.

Niesen had a string of convictions dating back to 2000 and had served three prison terms, the most recent of which was for criminal trespassing and weapons misconduct charges.

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VOICEOVER (in English):

"A man reportedly threw a rock at a police car outside a Phoenix police precinct on Saturday morning, striking the vehicle."

"After the officer called for back up, the man, identified as ex-convict Lonnie Niesen, threw another rock at the precinct, breaking the glass on a door."

"Niesen threw another rock as policemen approached, aiming for one of the officers' heads. The rock bounced off a tree and hit the officer's hand instead."

"The same officer responded by firing a single shot, critically wounding Niesen. He died later at a local hospital."

"Niesen's family told police that he had taken a gun and alcohol on Friday, but returned the weapon Saturday morning. They added that he was "impaired" — without specifying how — and was making suicidal statements when he left."

SOURCES: The Arizona Republic, Tuscon News Now, NBC News, ABC 15
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/2015/12/26/phoenix-police-shooting/77923810/
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/breaking/2015/12/27/man-fatally-shot-phoenix-officers-identified/77942966/
http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/30835331/phoenix-investigators-id-man-shot-dead-outside-police-station
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/texas-reeling-crippling-blizzard-follow-deadly-tornadoes-n486371
http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/phx-police-id-man-shot-after-attacking-officers-with-rocks-as-lonnie-niesen