Officer-involved shooting at Tempe motel

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities say a man wanted for weapons violations has been shot and wounded by police, after an altercation outside a Tempe motel on Tuesday.

A US Marshal Task Force, along with the Department of Corrections, had been searching for 55-year-old John Landolfi, who was wanted for multiple felony warrants for weapons charges.

Detectives had received a tip that Landolfi was at the Motel 6, located at 1915 E. Apache Blvd. in Tempe, near Apache and McClintock.

Police say Landolfi was spotted in the motel's lobby with a woman. When police tried to make contact with him, he allegedly ran out of the motel. Police say Landolfi then got into a car and drove the vehicle in reverse around a building.

Police cars moved in to block him in. But police say when Landolfi found his car pinned between two officers' vehicles, he started ramming the cars, trying to get away.

"He went into reverse from one side of the hotel to another, where he rammed another unmarked police vehicle.  At that time he continued to ram our vehicles," said Lt. Mike Pooley with the Tempe Police Department.

That's when two Mesa police officers and one DOC detective fired rounds at Landolfi, striking him multiple times.

"Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop.  Sounded like five firecrackers going off real fast," motel guest Mylo Wilbur described.

The Tempe Fire Department responded to the scene, and transported Landolfi to the hospital with serious injuries.

Nearly two dozen police vehicles were on the scene. No officers were injured in the incident.