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Car burglary sparks police shooting, chase - An attempted car burglary turned into an officer-involved shooting that sparked a police pursuit early Wednesday morning.
PHOENIX -- An attempted car burglary turned into an officer-involved shooting that sparked a police pursuit early Wednesday morning.
Two suspects are in custody, one of them wounded.
It all started just after 3 a.m. at 63rd Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road and ended near 40th and Elwood streets.
According to police, an officer was responding to a call about a car break-in. When the officer got there, he found the suspects breaking into a van. That officer confronted the two suspects, who, police said, jumped into their waiting car and tried to run him down.
Investigators confirmed that the officer fired multiple shots at the suspects, and at least three bullet holes were clearly visible in the suspects' car.
A pursuit ended at a Shell gas station at 40th and Elwood streets after the suspects' vehicle got a flat tire. Both suspect were taken into custody without incident.
One of those suspects, a 21-year-old Hispanic male, had been shot in the lower abdomen, but his wound was non-life-threatening. The other suspect was a 19-year-old Hispanic male.
Investigators discovered the suspects had burglarized at least three other vehicles, in addition to the van.