Suspect identified, charged for allegedly shooting at police officer

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Authorities have identified the man who allegedly shot at a Phoenix Police officer two months ago.

According to police, 25-year-old Amado Torres Jr. is facing charges of aggravated assault on a police officer and being a prohibited weapons possessor in possession of a firearm.

On the evening of August 2, an officer was patrolling in the area of 2100 East Roosevelt when he attempted to stop Torres for riding a bicycle without a headlight.

Torres refused to stop for police, and fled to the area of 2200 E. Portland where a foot pursuit took place.

The officer eventually caught up with Torres and a struggle ensued. During the altercation, Torres reportedly pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and pointed it at the officer.

The officer and Torres proceeded to exchange fire before Torres ran off. A perimeter was established around the neighborhood, but police weren’t able to find Torres.

The officer suffered only minor injuries in his altercation with Torres, and was able to rip off the shirt Torres was wearing.

The Phoenix Police Crime Lab was able to extract DNA from the shirt and identify Torres as the suspect.

Torres, who was already in custody on unrelated burglary charges, was questioned about the incident on Wednesday.

Police said Torres went on to admit that he was involved in the shooting.