Officers shoot, kill man who tried to ram police car with U-Haul


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Jill Galus

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 6:31 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 12:26 PM

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PHOENIX – Police shot and killed a man who was wanted in connection with a domestic violence aggravated assault after the suspect used a U-Haul to ram an unmarked patrol car.

It happened at about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday in the neighborhood just northeast of Interstate 17 and Indian School Road.

The Phoenix Police Department on Thursday  identified the suspect as Raymond Majors, saying he had been wanted for about three weeks and has "an extensive prior history" with police. Police also said this is not the first time he has gotten violent with officers in an attempt to escape capture.

Investigators first found Majors, 37, in Northern Arizona. When they tried to arrest him, he reportedly backed into at least one law-enforcement vehicle and then fled the scene. Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said investigators are trying to get more information about that incident from the Department of Public Safety.

The next contact with Majors came Wednesday night, after a tip led officers to a trailer park near I-17 and Indian School Road. He was driving a U-Haul. According to Crump, he was trying to dump it.

"We were told that he was armed and that he wasn't going to go alive," Crump told 3TV's Jill Galus Thursday morning. "Unfortunately, given his actions, that was the case last night.

"The suspect was shot and killed here last night after -- after -- ramming patrol vehicles and driving towards officers," Crump continued.

With Majors at the wheel, the U-Haul hit the front of an unmarked  patrol car, pushing it at least one car length.

"Two officers discharged their handguns several times as they believed the suspect had struck an officer [who had approached the U-Haul on foot] and pinned him between the vehicles," Crump said in an email to media outlets.

The Phoenix Fire Department pronounced Majors dead on the scene.

One officer suffered a minor injury, cuts to his hands, in the course of the incident. No other officers were hurt.

The two officers who were involved in the shooting -- a 12-year veteran and a 13-year veteran -- have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure any time an officer fires his or her weapon.

Police have not released much information about Majors, but according to Crump he once "used a vehicle to run his girlfriend off the road and then damaged her vehicle quite extensively."

Part of the "extensive prior history" Crump said Majors had with police includes aggravated assault on an officer and weapons violations.

According to information from the Arizona Department of Corrections, a man with the same name and date of birth as the suspect in Wednesday night's incident was released from prison in July 2011. That data also shows a parole placement history going back to 1996.