Officer-involved shooting in west Valley

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police were called to the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the west Valley Thursday night.

The shooting left two Phoenix police officers with minor injuries and put one suspect in the hospital. Police said the suspect had a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

The incident began as a burglary call around 5:30 p.m. Police said a woman showed up to her parents' house near 67th Avenue and Camelback Road even though they have an order of protection against her. She tried to get in through a window but the neighbors called police, thinking it was a break-in.

When police arrived, they found the woman inside the house and three of her friends outside. Police said a man was standing near a Dodge Durango and acting evasive with his hands in his pockets.

An officer suspected the man was serving as the "lookout" for a burglary and tried to detain him. The man reportedly attacked the officer, grabbed a gun from the vehicle and pointed it at the officer.

Police said the officer fell backward while trying to grab his weapon, and the man then led officers on a foot pursuit.

Two officers caught up to the man and tried to take him into custody, but he reportedly resisted and pulled an object from his waistband or pocket.

Believing the man had grabbed a weapon, the officer shot the man in the groin area, according to police.

The man reportedly continued to struggle after being shot but was eventually handcuffed.

Police said a knife and gun were recovered from the scene of the struggle.

One officer was treated at the scene for minor injuries and another was treated at a local hospital for injuries to his hand and shoulder. He has been released.

Police say the suspect is wanted on felony probation violation stemming from a child abuse conviction in California.

Police said he will be booked on charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and being a prohibited possessor of a firearm.