Suspect shot after standoff with Phoenix police

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A suspect who allegedly shot at a Phoenix police officer was shot by police Sunday afternoon, following a four-hour standoff, according to Officer James Holmes with the Phoenix Police Dept.

The suspect, a 44-year-old man, has been transported to a hospital in critical condition.

It happened in the area of 47th Avenue and Baseline Road. Dozens of people were evacuated from their homes during the ordeal

Police were called to the scene for an aggravated assault report Sunday morning.

The person who reported the assault told police that two men got into a fight and one man was beating the other man in the face with a handgun.

"A 44-year-old black male had assaulted what was at that point a friend while inside of a residence and the black male took off," said Officer Holmes. "Officers looked for him immediately and we could not find him."

The suspect, whose name has not been released, was able to avoid police during the initial call. When an officer approached the suspect later in the day, the suspect allegedly shot at the officer. The officer was not hit.

"The suspect had his hands hidden away from the officer," said Officer Holmes. "The officer did have word that he [the suspect] had a weapon so the officer drew his own service weapon."

At that point the suspect took off which led to a standoff in the backyard of a home. Police said the suspect hid in a doghouse.

"The suspect emerged from the doghouse with the handgun which he pointed at officers," said Officer Holmes. 

That's when officers shot the suspect.