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When Can Police Legally Fire on Suspects?

A U.S. deputy marshal opened fire Monday on a man suspected of stealing a rifle from a Pinal County police officer's car.

One of the suspects was allegedly climbing out of the window of a Ford Mustang when police fired shots and wounded him, AZ Central reported. The U.S. Marshal claimed that the suspect was making "furtive movements" as he was climbing out the window, so he shot him.

This story may leave Phoenix residents wondering: When can police legally shoot a suspect?

Supreme Court Turns Down Ariz. Abortion Case

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the Ninth Circuit's decision that declared Arizona's abortion ban unconstitutional. This means that Arizona's law banning abortions starting at 20 weeks of gestation remains invalidated, according to Reuters.

Prior to appealing to the Supreme Court, the constitutionality of the ban was heard in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Supreme Court's refusal to hear the Ninth Circuit's ruling gives a huge win for reproductive justice advocates in Arizona.