Alleged carjacker takes shot at officer

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Police are searching for the suspect involved in an early morning armed carjacking that ended with him allegedly firing at a Phoenix police officer Tuesday.

The situation came to an end at about 1:30 a.m. in the area of 45th and Glendale avenues.

The carjacking happened at the Walgreens at 43rd and Glendale avenues in Phoenix.

Police said the suspect, armed and masked, forced the driver out of his Hyundai Tiburon and then took off. A Phoenix police officer happened to be in the area and spotted the stolen vehicle shortly after the carjacking.

That officer followed the suspect to a nearby apartment complex at 45th and Glendale avenues in Glendale. There, the suspect ditched the car and took off on foot, jumping over a block wall and then firing a shot at the officer.

That round missed the officer, but hit the window of an apartment in the complex. There were people inside at the time. Nobody was hurt.

Officers from both Glendale and Phoenix responded and quickly locked down the neighborhood, immediately launching a search for the armed suspect.

According to Glendale police Sgt. Brent Coombs, officers came upon a man who loosely matched the description of the suspected carjacker and shooter -- a black man between 25 and 30 years old, weighing 155 to 170 pounds with a muscular build and long unkempt hair, who was wearing blue basketball-style shorts and a white T-shirt.

He was detained and questioned but found not to have been involved.

The intersection where this shooting happened is the same one where Jahessey Shockley was last seen nearly two weeks ago. Investigators say Tuesday morning's carjacking and subsequent shooting have absolutely nothing to do with the 5-year-old's disappearance.