Glendale police seek suspect who shot, cut security guard at Circle K

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Police are searching for a suspect who shot and cut a security guard at a Glendale convenience store Tuesday night.

Officers responded to the Circle K near Camelback Road and 59th Avenue at about 6:30 p.m.

Glendale police spokeswoman Officer Tracey Breeden said a man was attempting to shoplift beer when he was approached by a plain-clothed store security guard and a struggle ensued.

A uniformed store security guard responded to help his partner. They tried to gain control of the suspect by using pepper spray and other means.

During the struggle, the suspect pulled a handgun and fired several rounds at the uniformed guard, striking him several times in his bulletproof vest. He sustained one gunshot wound to his body.

Breeden said the uniformed guard used his stun gun and the suspect lost control of his weapon. The suspect then produced a knife, cutting the guard.

The suspect physically assaulted the plain-clothed security guard as he fled on foot before police arrived.

The guard who was shot and cut was transported to a local hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening. The other guard sustained minor injuries following the assault.

Officers are attempting to locate the suspect described as a Hispanic male, 25 to 35 years old, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and approximately 155 pounds. He has short, dark hair and a full mustache. He was wearing a gray fedora hat, long gray shorts, dark-colored shoes and a black jacket. When he fled the scene he was not wearing shoes or a shirt.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.