Teen suspect shot by police, two others arrested after trying to sell drugs to officer

Posted: Updated:

PHOENIX - A suspect was shot by officers Friday night in south Phoenix near 13th Avenue and Cocopah Street, according to Phoenix police.

The 15-year-old suspect was hospitalized with a non life-threatening gun shot wound. Christian Chavez, 17, and Azucena Corrales, 18 were also involved in the incident.

Phoenix police were in an unmarked police van near 13th Avenue and Buckeye Road. Four officers were in plan clothes and two in uniform looking for outstanding suspects not arrested in a round-up last week. They were also monitoring drug activity in the area.

According to the officers the three suspects approached the van to sell the officers drugs. They told the officers to drive towards Cocopah Street where they would complete the transaction.

The three suspect were unaware they were police officers and proceeded to hand the driver cocaine.

After the officer identified himself, the 15-year-old suspect pulled a gun. The officer, a 36-year-old male with one and a half years with Phoenix police, pulled his weapon, fired and struck the suspect.

The other officers in the van were able to take that suspect into custody along with the female. The other male suspect fled the scene.

Police searched for the suspect who fled on foot and was considered to be armed and dangerous. They shut down the area between Buckeye Road from Seventh Avenue to 15th Avenue, and after a short manhunt the third suspect was arrested.

No officers were injured.

Chavez faces charges of conspiracy to sell narcotic drugs and Corrales faces one count of possession for sale and two counts of using a minor in a drug offense. Charges are pending on the 15-year-old.