Cop shoots man during struggle following traffic stop

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Christopher Robles, 43, is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, and resisting arrest By Mike Gertzman Christopher Robles, 43, is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, and resisting arrest By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- What started as a traffic stop for speeding through an industrial area ended with one man shot in the leg by a police officer.

The business area near 55th Avenue and Latham Street in Phoenix was closed for several hours on Monday night.

Phoenix police say a motorcycle officer was trying to pull over a man in a brown Nissan Sentra at about 6 p.m.

The officer learned that the man, 43-year-old Christopher Robles, had two misdemeanor arrest warrants -- one of them for assault.

The officer, a 20-year veteran, tried to arrest the man but the two got into a struggle and the suspect managed to break free.

He was caught a second time a short distance later.

"During that struggle, he and the suspect begin now to fight over his gun," Sgt. Trent Crump said. "His gun is out and the officer is trying to fire shots. We believe he fired two shots."

The suspect was hit once in the leg and transported to a hospital where he is expected to survive.

Robles is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Officials said at some point during the struggle, the gun jammed. It's unknown at this point whether it happened before or after the shooting.

At the time of the traffic stop there was also a female passenger in the suspect vehicle, she fled on foot and has not been located.