Suspect critical after noise complaint ends in shooting

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PHOENIX -- A Valley man is in the hospital after what started out as a noise complaint escalated into a shootout involving a Phoenix police officer late Sunday night.

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It started at about 10 p.m. at a complex near 11th Avenue and Bell Road.

According to police, a neighbor asked the 45-year-old man to turn his music down. At the point, the man, whose name has not been released, pulled a gun and threatened the neighbor. That neighbor called 911.

When the officers contacted the man, they order him to drop his weapon. Instead, he raised his gun and fired at them, said Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department.

"The officers -- three of them -- returned fire, striking the suspect numerous times," Thompson.

That suspect was taken to John C. Lincoln Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.

Police said that while the man was waiting for medical attention before he was taken to the hospital, he told them he had been drinking. The man reportedly also has a history of mental illness.

No officers were hurt in the incident.