Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in Maricopa

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

MARICOPA, Ariz. -- Maricopa police said they were forced to shoot a man Sunday afternoon after he pulled a weapon.

The suspect didn't make it and now an investigation is underway.

The shooting happened around 2:40 p.m. near Cobblestone Farms South and Fountain Park drives.

Police said they came out to do a welfare check after the suspect made several 911 calls.

"This afternoon, my daughter upstairs heard three gunshots," Vanessa Behrens said.

Those shots were fired by Maricopa police right behind Behren's home, after officers said a suspect pulled a weapon on them -- although they declined to say what type of weapon it was.

"From their reports, the officers felt their lives were in danger. They needed to pull their service weapons and fired several shots, striking the individual," said Ricardo Alvarado, spokesman for the Maricopa Police Department.

Johnathon Guillory, 32, died at Chandler Regional Medical Center around 3:30 p.m.

"I just feel bad for the guy," Behrens said. "But I mostly feel bad for the (two) kids and the wife."

Behrens described the suspect as very confrontational and said neighbors were scared of him.

In fact, she said police had been called to Guillory's home on several occasions, including this past Saturday.

"Then we hear later from other neighbors, he's beating on doors asking who called the cops on him," Behrens said. "So it was a situation that was going to come to a head sooner or later, probably. So, yeah, it's too bad."

The two officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave while the Department of Public Safety investigates.

Sunday's incident marks the fourth officer-involved shooting in central Arizona in 2015.


MARICOPA, Ariz. -- Police say the suspect in an officer-involved shooting in Maricopa has died.

Police responded to a home in the Cobblestone Farms community off State Route 347 Sunday afternoon to conduct a welfare check after receiving several 911 calls from the home.

Police said officers fired their weapons after the suspect came at them with a gun.

He was struck at least once and taken to Chandler Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

It is unclear if the suspect fired shots.

No officers were injured.

The officers involved are on paid administrative leave.

Information will be updated as it becomes available.