Teen killed in officer-involved shooting, SUV crashPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A 15-year-old boy is dead after what started as a traffic stop turned into an officer-involved shooting and a crash.
It happened Sunday night in the area of 35th Avenue and Camelback Road.
According to the Department of Public Safety, an officer tried to stop an SUV after running the plates and learning that the vehicle had been reported stolen.
The young driver had pulled into a Chevron, but as the officer approached the vehicle from the front, he hit the gas, heading right for that officer.
The officer dodged the vehicle, managing to fire a single shot through the passenger-side window as the SUV passed him.
The driver turned on to 35th Avenue from Camelback Road, but he did not get very far. The SUV slammed through a block wall and into the back of Cristina Boone's home.
The teen driver, identified as Alexander Wilson Jr., was found dead from an apparent gunshot. His passenger jumped from the moving vehicle before the collision and fled the scene. That passenger, identified only as an 18-year-old black male, turned himself in to detectives at Phoenix Police Headquarters early Monday morning and was released pending review.
The teen's father said investigators' account of events doesn't make sense. He does not believe his son was driving a stolen SUV.
"I hope it's not stolen, but I'm pretty sure it's not stolen," Alexander Wilson Sr. told 3TV's Ryan O'Donnell. "If that's the case, I can understand everything that's happening, but the pieces of the puzzle just are not adding up."
DPS has not released of the name of the 31-year-old officer involved in the shooting, but he will be placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure any time an officer fires his or her weapon. Police said the officer has been with DPS for eight years.