Late-night crime spree ends in officer-involved shootingPosted: Updated:
PEORIA -- A 23-year-old man who allegedly threatened several people with a gun is in police custody this morning.
Officer fired at suspect
Man in custody after crime spree, officer-involved shooting - A 23-year-old man who allegedly threatened several people with a gun is in police custody this morning.
The late-night crime spree came to an end in the West Valley Near 75th avenue and Thunderbird Road.
It all started with a suicide threat called in by family members.
According to Mike Tellef, spokesman for the Peoria police and fire departments, the man pointed a gun at several people and tried to carjack at least two people.
Officers caught up with the man in the parking lot of the Kentucky Fried Chicken near 75th Avenue and Thunderbird Road. Tellef said the man got out of his car and pointed a rifle at Officer David Perron, but did not pull the trigger. Officer Perron fired at the suspect.
Officer Perron fired two shots at the suspect when he failed to drop his weapon. Neither shot hit the suspect, but allwoed officers to arrest the suspect.
The suspect was not wounded, but he did suffer a head injury from banging his head on the protective screen while in the back seat of a police car. The suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Officer Perron who fired has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure any time an officer discharges his weapon.
"[The officer] is kind of shaken up by this whole thing," Tellef said. "There isn't an officer out here who wants to fire his weapon. If you can make it through your career without doing it, that's what you want."
Tellef said investigators are trying to figure out what sparked the crime spree.
Police aren't releasing the name of the suspect while they conduct photo line-ups and interviews with witnesses and victims.