Police shoot, kill suspected kidnapper from OklahomaPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Police officers shot and killed a suspected kidnapper Tuesday night.
According to investigators, it all started at about 10 p.m. with a call regarding a man named George Sorrell Jr.
Sorrell allegedly kidnapped a woman in Oklahoma two weeks ago and then came here to Phoenix. According to the call police received, that victim had just escaped.
When they went to check out the situation, officers encountered the suspect walking along Bell Road near 21st Avenue.
According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department., the officers asked the man if he was indeed Sorrell. The man said he was. The officers, Andrew Barciz and James Sink, ordered Sorrell to keep his hands in sight, but he didn't.
Thompson said Sorrell, 51, pulled a .45 from the waist of his pants and leveled it at Barciz and Sink. That's when the two officers fired.
It's not clear yet how many shots were fired, but Sorrell was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Thompson, it was not until now that Sorrell's victim thought she could safely get away. Thompson said the woman appeared to be unhurt.
Investigators are looking into the circumstances of the kidnapping.
Bell Road was closed for quite some time while police conducted their on-scene investigation. It was back open by 4:30 a.m.
Barciz and Sink, both of whom are 35 years old, are on paid administrative leave. That's standard procedure any time an officer fires his or her weapon. Neither officer was hurt.
The investigation is ongoing.