Man with gun fatally shot after police pursuitPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Two Phoenix police officers were involved in a shooting that left one suspect dead and another in custody early Sunday morning.
Phoenix police say the events all started near 67th Avenue and Osborn Road around 3:15 a.m. and ended with a suspect being shot by pursuing officers near the intersection of 67th Avenue and McDowell Road.
The incident began when the driver of an SUV slammed into a cinder block wall in front of a home and drove off.
Officers in the area began to monitor the SUV as it fled through a residential neighborhood.
As officers approached McDowell Road, they observed what appeared to be another collision involving the SUV.
At this point, the suspects fled on foot into a vacant lot. An off-duty officer working at a nearby QuikTrip heard the crash and ran to assist officers with the foot pursuit.
One suspect was taken into custody.
The second suspect continued to run, failing to follow officers' commands to stop. The suspect took a gun out of his waistband and pointed it at the officers. At that point, the officers opened fire, shooting and killing the suspect.
The second suspect was treated for minor injuries sustained in the crash.
According to Phoenix police, the suspects are believed to be illegal immigrants in their late 20s or early 30s.
They were driving an SUV that didn't belong to them.
The officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave per police department policy. The off-duty officer is 32 years old with nine years on the force. The second officer is 29 years old with four years on the force.