Man accused of running from police, shooting at officer

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Dontrell Deshaun Williams By Andrew Michalscheck Dontrell Deshaun Williams By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A Valley man was booked into jail this week after he allegedly fired shots at an officer while attempting to avoid arrest.

Phoenix police said 19-year-old Dontrell Deshaun Williams was arrested on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer and felony flight.

An officer was on patrol Wednesday night in the area of 40th Street and Bell Road when he noticed a suspicious vehicle and tried to make a traffic stop.

The driver of the vehicle allegedly refused to pull over, and instead drove westbound through Paradise Valley Park.

The vehicle eventually stopped near a pedestrian bridge that crosses State Route 51, and four people fled from the car in different directions.

The officer pursued the driver of the vehicle, who allegedly fired multiple rounds from a handgun as he ran across the bridge.

The officer was not injured, but the driver was able to get away.

A person of interest was detained in the area and police were able to gather information about the owner of the vehicle.

Police said investigators were eventually able to determine who was in the vehicle, and developed cause to believe that Williams was the driver who had shot at the officer.

Authorities were able to locate and interview Williams, and proceeded to book him into the Fourth Avenue jail.

Police do not yet know why Williams chose to run from the officer.

None of the other people who were in the vehicle have been charged.