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Phoenix police shoot driver with boy in front seat

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A father of five was shot and killed after leading police on a pursuit Monday night. Officers say Vincent Jimenez refused to pull over and drove towards a police officer before he was shot.

But what officers didn't know is that his 5-year-old son was in the car.

Officers fired six bullets at the car. Those bullets hit Vincent Jimenez. He died behind the wheel last night.

"They just shot him through his window, his window was rolled up they shot him," said witness Patricia Jaques.

At 11:30 p.m. Monday, police say Jimenez was driving erratically down the road. They tried to pull him over, but Jimenez didn't stop.

Jimenez allegedly drove to his house near 29th Avenue and Madison and crashed into a fence. Police say he then backed up towards officers and a patrol car. That's when an officer fired once into the car.

Police say Jimenez then tried to drive towards another officer and they fired again.

"I just say why they did not pull him out of the car, like a procedure is supposed to be done," said Raymond Jimenez, the victim's brother.

Police say a car is considered a deadly weapon and officers will shoot if they believe they're going to be run over. Officers didn't know Jimenez's 5-year-old son was in car.

Hours later, that 5-year-old was still shaking as he showed us the cuts on his legs from the shattered glass. He was not seriously hurt.

"He's just a good father, good father, good brother, everything. He didn't deserve for this to happen to him," says Jaques.

There were no other weapons on Jimenez. He's a single father of five.

"I did everything for my brother. My brother was like my everything. I only got two brothers you know, so that was my brother I always had to look out for and now I can't look out for him anymore," says Raymond.

Officers believe Jimenez may have been impaired. The investigation is ongoing.

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