AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Two male teenage suspects are in custody after one of them fired a handgun from a vehicle and the driver of that vehicle fled from patrol officers, according to a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Dept.
The incident started in a residential area at 113th Ave. and Hadley St. at around 1:15 Saturday morning.
Officers from the Phoenix Police Department's Targeted Enforcement Squad were in the area when they witnessed the front seat passenger in a red Ford Explorer fire a gun.
When officers followed and tried to pull the vehicle over the driver allegedly fled and a pursuit ensued. The chase ended up on a dead-end street near Dysart Rd. and Interstate 10, in Avondale behind a Home Depot Store.
Police said the teen who was behind the wheel of the Explorer tried to drive through a chain link fence.
Officers got behind the Explorer and gave commands to the suspects. That's when, according to police, the driver drove in reverse, ramming the police officer's patrol vehicle.
An officer, fearing for his life and attempting to stop the threat, fired his service weapon. That's when the teens surrendered.
The driver of the Explorer is 17 years old. Police said he could face a charge of aggravated assault on a police officer.
The front seat passenger, who allegedly fired the gun, is 14. He was detained by the Avondale Police Department for the alleged gunfire, a possible Shannon's Law violation.
Police said there were seven other people in the Explorer, ranging in age from 12 to 17 years old.
There were no reported injuries to officers or occupants of the Explorer.
The 42-year-old police officer who fired his weapon has been on the force for 12 years.
The Phoenix Police Department’s Targeted Enforcement Squad conducts enforcement citywide for underage drinking/drug use, street racing, party crews, and curfew, as well as inspect liquor establishments believed to be selling alcohol to minors. Party crews are hybrid gangs that hold parties, usually very large parties, that attract teenagers, an entrance fee is charged and alcohol is served. These parties often lead to violence due to rival party crews.