Man and dog killed in officer-involved shooting

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PHOENIX – Police continue their investigation into a deadly officer-involved shooting that forced the closure of McDowell Road between 35th and 27th avenues early Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened shortly before 1:30 a.m., but it all began several hours earlier with a report regarding a fight in a neighborhood near 27th Avenue and McDowell Road.

When officers arrived on the scene at about 9:30 Monday night, a pit bull was on the loose and began to chase them. When the dog attacked, one officer jumped over a fence to escape. The second officer had no choice but to shoot and kill the dog.

As the officers wrapped up their paperwork on the fight call and the shooting of the dog, a man in a pickup truck was watching their every move.

That man started his truck, hit the gas, and swerved at the patrol car.

The sergeant jumped into his car and put in a call to the police helicopter, which was already above the scene. Officers then began to pursue that truck.

The police car and the pickup truck collided twice on McDowell Road and ended up spinning out. That’s when the situation escalated.

Police said the suspect got out of the truck with what appeared to be a gun in hand and began walking toward one of the officers. The man reportedly refused to comply with the officers’ commands. With the suspect continuing toward them, the officers opened fire.

“Once the shooting begins, the suspect returns to the truck, and drives away from the scene,” said Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department.

The wounded suspect quickly lost control of the truck and slammed into the side of a building at 27th Lane and McDowell Road, not far from the shooting. That man, who was identified as Audensio V. Chaparro, was pronounced dead at the scene.

No officers were injured, although the ones who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave. That is standard procedure any time an officer fires his gun.

Investigators have not determined why the man was watching the officers as they filled out their paperwork, nor do they know why he engaged them in a chase and shooting.

Investigators did not find a firearm at the scene or in the truck, but an open folding knife was found on the suspect. Chaparro also has just under three grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle along with drug paraphernalia.

Chaparro does have an extensive criminal history which includes which includes a prior aggravated assault on a police officer.