UPDATE: Suspect robs liquor store across from DPS substation

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The robbery suspect has been identified as Rene Ray Starks, 57.

Starks was armed with a rifle and demanded that the store owner give him money, according to Detective Reuben M. Gonzales. The store owner and Starks engaged in a struggle inside the store.

A witness saw what was going on and was able to go across the street to the DPS substation. The witness told the officers of the robbery in progress and those officers went to the store as the owner was running out.

DPS officers took tactical positions around the store as Starks exited the front of the store still armed. The DPS officers yelled commands for him to stop and drop the weapon, but Starks pointed the rifle in the direction of Officer Raul Garcia, who shot Starks, ending the robbery.

Starks remains in critical condition.


PHOENIX -- Officers responded Thursday morning to an officer-involved shooting at a liquor store at 16th Street and University Drive in South Phoenix.

Investigation continues

A 30-year-old male, reportedly the suspect, has been taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, said Phoenix Fire Dispatch. He was shot in the stomach and his injuries are life threatening.

It all happened shortly after 7:30 a.m.

The man allegedly tried to rob a liquor store across the street from the Department of Public Safety's Knutson substation.

At the time, dozens of DPS officers were getting ready for some kind of training.

A car pulled up and the person inside told the officer that Minute Liquors was being robbed.

At least 10 DPS officers ran across the street to the store. At the same time, the suspect was running out the door. He was armed with unknown weapon.

DPS Lt. James Warriner said the officers ordered the man to drop his weapon, but he didn't.

One of the officer fired at least one shot, hitting the suspect in the stomach.

None of the officers was hurt in the confrontation, and no other information about the suspect has been released.

The officer who pulled the trigger will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in any officer-involved shoointg.