Suspect in Glendale officer-involved shooting identified, charged

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Several people were sent to the hospital after an officer-involved shooting led to a four-car crash in Glendale.

It started Friday evening at the Paradise Vista Apartment Homes near 43rd and Glendale avenues. Police tried to approach silver Dodge sedan they thought looked suspicious.

Officials say two suspects were in the vehicle when the driver reversed the car, allegedly attempting to run over the officers. The officers shot at the suspects, who took off.

The driver of the sedan has been identified as Leroy Matthew Smith. The passenger has been identified as Scott Sokol.

Police say the men ran a red light at the intersection of 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. The suspects' car hit three other vehicles, according to police.

"We just hear the cars racing," said witness Robert Carrillo. "We hear tires screeching... and we just hear the cars smash together." 

In all, seven people were taken to the hospital, including a 7-year-old girl who suffered a head injury.

Smith and Sokol were also transported, but it's unknown whether their injuries were from the shooting or the car crash.

The officers involved -- Kory Rafferty and Don LaBrant -- were not injured, but they're on paid administrative leave pending the investigation, which is standard procedure in any officer-involved shooting.

Smith, 30, has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police office and one count of felony flight. He was booked into Maricopa County Jail late Sunday night.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office has not yet submitted any charges relating to the injuries sustained by the people in the three vehicles that were hit.

In addition, potential charges against Sokol, 20, are under review.