Suspect in custody after shootout in central PhoenixPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX - A shootout in a central Phoenix neighborhood on Monday shut down an elementary school while police searched for the suspect.
All this went down near 18th Street and Oak around 7 a.m. Police cordoned off an area between Thomas and McDowell and 16th to 20th Streets looking for the gunman.
That suspect is now in custody. He was actually found in the backyard of a home. The officer involved in this incident was not hurt but this was a reminder that for officers on the street there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop.
3TV's cameras were rolling as officers arrested the man they believe pointed a gun at one of their own ending a nearly six-hour standoff in central Phoenix.
Everything started when the officer attempted to pull over the suspect near 18th Street and Oak just after 7 a.m. Monday. The suspect fled and ditched his vehicle a short distance away. The officer chased him to a nearby alley where the suspect allegedly aimed a handgun at the officer.
A nearby elementary school was put on lockdown for hours as officers searched for the armed suspect.
It did not turn into a barricade situation thanks to an alert resident who noticed a man matching the suspect's description in his backyard. He did not confront the suspect but instead immediately called 911.
Police have identified the suspect as Jermin Padilla-Maldonado. The officer, who has been identified as Peter Borquez, will remain on paid administrative leave which is standard procedure in any officer-involved shooting.
The suspect was interviewed by police and later booked into jail on one count of aggravated assault (on a police officer) and felony criminal trespass on residential property.
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