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Man who demanded money from Phoenix hotel guests shot

December 16, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say a man who went to a hotel room and demanded money from two guests at gunpoint has been killed.

Police spokeswoman Mercedes Fortune said Sunday that 40-year-old Aaron Townsend was shot by someone he had tried to rob.

Fortune said Townsend had demanded two men in the hotel room give him money while he stood outside the open door Saturday. Townsend briefly turned the gun on someone outside the room, and one of the men inside grabbed a gun and shot Townsend.

Fortune says Townsend was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation is ongoing.

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