Suspect shot in leg by police at Phoenix park

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix police officer shot a suspect after hearing gunfire while responding to a complaint about a loud party.

The shooting occurred Saturday night at around 11:30 p.m. near 55th Avenue and Osborn Road.

Two officers were responding to a loud noise complaint coming from a party at a residence. When they arrived on scene, they heard gunshots fired in Marivue Park, across the street.

The officers then saw three men run towards them. These men were detained by the officers and questioned. The men stated that they were running away from another man in the park, who they say had a gun. The three men thought that man was shooting at them.

Officers approached the suspect in the park who fled from them. A short pursuit ensued and the suspect would not comply with the officers' commands.

The suspect continued to flee, ignoring officers' demands. One of the officers believed the suspect had a gun and felt that the suspect made threatening movements towards her. That's when she fired at the suspect, striking him in the leg.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital and is recovering.

Although no weapon was initially found, police did find a handgun near a trash can in the area.

No officers were injured during this incident.