An 18-year-old man shot by police in North Phoenix Tuesday has been identified as William Osterlind.  Sergeant Trent Crump with Phoenix police says Osterlind was shot and killed by police after attempting to enter the home his 14-year-old ex-girlfriend.  The 14-year-old called police after returning home from school and

finding several gifts in front of her house along with text messages from Osterlind threatening to kill himself.  Osterlind, who had just returned from Basic Training after joining the Army, was seen in the neighborhood in full camouflage holding a handgun.  Police received a call about a man walking around in military fatigues armed with a handgun which turned out to be Osterlind.  The suspect headed toward his ex girlfriend’s house and officers gave several commands for the suspect to drop the gun and he refused to comply placing the gun to his head.

An officer with a rifle was set up on the roof at a house a couple doors down.  Crump says “as Osterlind walked towards the front door of the victim’s residence, the officer fired one round from his rifle as he believed the suspect presented a deadly threat to the two young girls inside the house.” Osterlind was struck in the right side and fell to the ground.  Simultaneously, the suspect discharged one round from his handgun, which entered the closed front door of the house and struck the victim’s sister, a 12-year-old girl, in the leg inside the residence. She is expected to make a full recovery. Osterlind was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later. 
Kris Dugan