Man shot by Phoenix police officers inside a YMCA

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A police officer shot and wounded a man who authorities say pulled a gun on officers during an altercation inside the downtown Phoenix YMCA Monday afternoon.

The suspect, who is in his late 20s, was shot in the upper chest and taken to the hospital in serious but non life-threatening condition.

One Phoenix police officer suffered a minor injury to the leg and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Officers received a call around 3:30 p.m. about a YMCA resident pulling a gun on an employee and threatening to kill him.

Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said the suspect had been on a "lock-out" from the facility because of a prior incident when he got into an argument with the resident coordinator.

When police arrived they confronted the suspect in a stairwell. An officer struggled with the suspect and pushed him down the stairs, Crump said.

At that point the suspect allegedly reached for his waistband.

A second officer entered the stairwell from a lower floor. Crump said as that officer approached the suspect and got face to face with him, the suspect pulled out his gun and pointed it at the officer.

That officer opened fire, striking the suspect once in the upper body.

About 100 residents of the YMCA were evacuated while police investigate the incident.

Police said the suspect had a "usable amount" of drugs on him at the time of the incident, although it is unknown if the man was under the influence of anything at the time.