Suspect in custody after officer-involved shooting

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- What started as a routine traffic stop in Phoenix ended with an officer-involved shooting in Scottsdale Tuesday morning.

According to Officer David Pubins of the Scottsdale Police Department, Phoenix officers tried to stop a Ford Taurus in the neighborhood of 52nd and Oak streets shortly before 1:30 a.m.

The driver refused to stop and fled the area. The officers alerted police in surrounding cities to keep an eye out for the Taurus. That vehicle was located on Loop 101 a short time later.

The driver got off the freeway at McDowell Road and headed west to 70th Street. He then turned off his lights and pulled into an alley just northwest of McDowell and Scottsdale roads.

A Scottsdale police cruiser and a Department of Public Safety officer pulled into the alley after the suspect. That's when things took a turn.

Pubins said the suspect rammed the Scottsdale officer's car. The DPS officer fired a single shot into the windshield of the Taurus.

"One shot. It was just a big loud boom,” said Lauren Baker, who was fast asleep when the excitement began just outside her window. "I just heard the cops yelling, 'Pull over or we'll shoot!'

The suspect, who has not been identified, was not injured and was taken into custody without further incident.

"It was so scary," Baker said.

The Scottsdale officer was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

The DPS officer who fired at the suspect will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure any time an officers discharges his or her weapon.

It's not clear why Phoenix officers wanted to stop the suspect in the first place, but Scottsdale police say they have had several contacts with him in the past.

"Here in Scottsdale, we're working multiple cases with this particular individual as a suspect, including assault, aggravated assault and drugs," Pubins said.

Investigators hoped to released more information later in the day.