Man with machete shot by police after hitting patrol car in AvondalePosted: Updated:
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Avondale police fatally shot a man Thursday morning after he rammed a patrol car while driving a stolen truck then got out of the vehicle with a machete.
Police said the incident began when the man assaulted a city maintenance worker and stole his vehicle. Officers pursued the stolen work truck and used tire-puncturing devices.
The suspect slammed into a police car near 111th Avenue and Durango Street shortly before 10 a.m.
The man exited the truck while holding a machete and pocketknife. Officers confronted the man, but he refused their verbal commands and advanced toward them.
"They were telling him, 'Stop, stop stop,' and they shot him," said Manuel Contreras, who witnessed the confrontation. "I heard four or five shots. Immediately he was down."
The suspect's family identified him as 43-year-old Jeremy Bustos, a father of nine.
"He loved his family," his niece, Melissa Bustos, said at the scene. "He would do anything for us."
Family members said Bustos always had a drinking problem, but in the last few weeks he had really spiraled into a bad place.
The officer involved in the crash had to be extricated from his vehicle and was airlifted to a Phoenix hospital. He is in stable condition and is expected to recover.
No officers' names have been released at this time.
The Glendale Police Department has taken over the investigation.
Family of pursuit suspect shot by police in Avondale says father of 5 had fallen on hard times pic.twitter.com/MToKZCLipZ— Karen Brown (@KarenBrown3TV) October 23, 2014
Family says they've been told pursuit suspect Jeremy Bustos is dead & he has a total of 9 kids pic.twitter.com/dfJ0SFRnik— Karen Brown (@KarenBrown3TV) October 23, 2014