Man shot by Phoenix police after chase

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities say there's been a shooting in Phoenix involving police.

Witnesses say officers were chasing a man Tuesday afternoon near 19th Avenue and Missouri.

They say the man allegedly fired shots at police, who returned fire.

The man reportedly was shot. He's been taken to a hospital in serious condition. His name hasn't been released.

Police said they received 911 calls about a man acting aggressively and destroying property. He was wearing only his underwear and a t-shirt.

The man was inside a medical building claiming to be suicidal and making threats.

Officers tried to subdue the man with Tasers but that didn't work. The man, who had a gun, charged a police office. The officer fired a single round and hit the suspect in the chest.

The suspect kept struggling after he was shot, according to police.

"He continued to fight. Literally he was trying to free himself and fight with the officers after he had been shot," said Sgt. Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Dept. "The officers had to handcuff him behind his back still which is very rare."

Authorities said no police officers or bystanders were injured in the incident.

"We probably are fortunate," said Sgt. Crump. "I think anytime that we have to discharge a weapon in the middle of the afternoon in rush hour traffic out in the middle of the street certainly you don't want somebody else hurt."

Light rail service in the 19th Avenue and Missouri area is expected to be disrupted until midnight because authorities have closed down the intersection as part of their investigation.

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