Central Phx intersection open after officer-involved shootingPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- The intersection of Seventh Street and Indian School Road was closed for hours early Thursday morning while police investigated an officer-involved shooting.
According to police, it all started shortly after 1:15 a.m., when officers tried to pull over a suspect for a simple traffic stop near Interstate 17 and Indian School Road.
The suspect, who has since been identified as Michael Floris, refused to stop. Officers followed him for nearly an hour.
It all came to an end at Seventh Street and Indian School Road when, according to police, Floris jumped out of the Cadillac he was driving and tried to car-jack another vehicle that was stopped at a red light.
According to Officer Luis Samudio of the Phoenix Police Department, the officer following Floris had the driver of that car at gunpoint.
The officer confronted Floris, 45, and ordered him to drop his weapon.
Samudio said Floris pointed his own weapon at officer. That's when the officer, a seven-year veteran, fired.
Floris, who was not hit, immediately threw his weapon to the ground and gave up. He was taken into custody without further incident.
The area was closed throughout the morning while police conducted their investigation. It has since re-opened to traffic.
Floris is facing charges of unlawful flight from law enforcement, endangerment, theft-means of transportation, armed robbery, aggravated assault on officer, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a probation violation.
Google map of the area>