Suspect in officer-involved shooting on the loose

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PHOENIX -- An officer-involved shooting in Phoenix Monday night turned into a barricade situation that gave way to a suspect search.

Tempe police say it all started with a carjacking last week. Police arrested a suspect in the carjacking on Monday. That suspect reportedly told them the stolen car was parked in the neighborhood near 48th Street and Broadway Road.

When the officer arrived at the location and found the stolen car, he began walking toward it.

"While doing so, he observed the ... suspect exiting a window from the second story of a townhome nearby. As the suspect exited the window, the officer heard multiple shots being fired at him," Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos said in an email to media outlets. "The officer took cover, requested assistance but did not return fire."

That officer, a nine-year veteran of the Tempe Police Department, was not injured.

The suspected gunman then went back inside the apartment complex and police began to search for him.

The Tempe SWAT team was called in and surrounded the apartment where officers believed the suspect was hiding. They eventually made their way inside only to discover that their suspect had fled.

The suspect remains on the loose. He's described as a black man, in his late teens or early 20s, wearing a black tank top and black basketball shorts. Police say the suspect is about 6 feet tall and has a thin build.

Both Phoenix and Tempe police officers are at the scene, since it's Phoenix's jurisdiction, but the officer involved is from Tempe.

By 7 a.m. Tuesday, investigators had obtained a search warrant and were scouring the apartment inside and out for evidence.

If you know anything about this incident, please call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at either 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO.