Phoenix police: Officers shoot suspect who rammed vehicle

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Nicolas Leland Tewa By Jennifer Thomas Nicolas Leland Tewa By Jennifer Thomas
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PHOENIX (AP) -- Undercover Phoenix police officers have fatally shot a robbery suspect after he repeatedly rammed a stolen vehicle into a police vehicle.
Police say the incident occurred Tuesday evening at a motel off Interstate 17.
On Wednesday, they identified the suspect as 26-year-old Nicolas Leland Tewa. He was known to carry guns and had an extensive record for violent offenses, according to Sgt. Jonathan Howard.

Howard said detectives had probable cause to arrest Tewa for at least six armed robbery incidents.
Police say a fugitive apprehension team went to the motel after receiving a tip that Tewa was there.
Officers lured him out of a motel room, but Tewa immediately got into a stolen car and locked the doors.
Police say the suspect was told to display his hands and get out of the car but didn't heed the commands.
They say Tewa began ramming the police vehicle in an apparent attempt to get away.
That's when officers opened fire and Tewa died at the scene.

The names of the two male officers involved in the shooting have not been released. One of the officers has been with the department for 19 years and the other for 10 years.

No officers were injured in the incident.


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