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Man dead after argument over parking leads to shooting in self-defense, Phoenix police say

PHOENIX (AZFamily) – A man is dead after an argument led to a shooting in north Phoenix, and police say the gunman fired in self-defense.

It happened on Saturday evening around 9:20 pm. Phoenix police were called to a shooting near 27th Avenue and Beardsley Road. Officers arrived on scene and arrested a man who had a weapon.

Another man, identified as 32-year-old Alejandro Samplina, was found on the ground in the parking lot. Samplina was taken to hospital, where he later died.

According to police, Samplina and the shooter got into an argument over parking. Samplina then pulled out a knife and chased the man around his car.

At that moment, the man grabbed a firearm from the open door of his car. Police say Samplina continued to approach the man with the knife in a threatening manner, and that’s when the man fired his gun, hitting Samplina.

Detectives interviewed the man, who claimed self-defense. Police say this claim was consistent with witness and surveillance video.

The man was released after investigation.

Phoenix police say the charges will be submitted to the Maricopa County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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