PD: Man robs Circle K, shoots at police car in Phoenix

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Deandre Marquese Works By Jennifer Thomas Deandre Marquese Works By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police said a 22-year-old man shot at a patrol car after robbing a Circle K store early Wednesday morning.

According to police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson, an officer spotted a man running near the convenience store at 24th Street and Southern Avenue at about 1 a.m.

The officer knew there had been a number of beer thefts in the area, so he made a U-turn to contact the individual.

"The officer had no idea that the man had just robbed the Circle K store at gunpoint," Thompson said. 

As the officer drove toward the man, he fired several shots at the police vehicle, striking it once in the radiator area. The suspect then fled into the neighborhood.

The officer, who was not struck and did not shoot at the man, broadcast the information and a perimeter was quickly established.

Shortly after that, police received a call that the Circle K store had been robbed.

A responding officer saw a man, later identified as Deandre Marquese Works, sitting down on the front porch of a house. He told police that he had gone to visit a friend and came out of the house when he heard gunfire.

The people in the house said they didn't know who he was and had never seen him before.

Officers took Works into custody.

During their investigation, officers and detectives found evidence linking Works to the Circle K robbery, as well as the gun that was used to shoot at the officer, according to Thompson.

In addition, they found that Works was prohibited from possessing firearms because he had recently been released from prison after serving time for armed robbery.

Works was booked into the Maricopa County Jail, charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault on a police officer and misconduct involving weapons.