Glendale officer, suspect wounded in shooting ID'd

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A Glendale police officer shot and wounded a possible burglary suspect late Monday night.

The suspect, Anthony Tyrone Baker, 23, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries to his lower body, Glendale police Sgt. David Vidaure said.

Three people in a car called police about 10:30 p.m. and said they believed a man responsible for the theft of electronics and jewelry they had reported earlier in the evening was in an apartment in the Glendale complex, Officer Tracey Breeden said.

They called police and while an officer was talking with one of the victims, the suspect ran from an apartment and into a field across the street from the complex near 61st and Northern avenues.

Officer Baldomero Dumlao and the three people in the car searched the area before one of the witnesses saw the suspect hiding in a ditch, Breeden said.

After Dumlao got out of his car and identified himself, the suspect jumped up and turned toward the officer with an object in his hand, Breeden said.

Dumlao, fearing for his life, fired once and hit the suspect, who was then taken into custody, Breeden said.

No weapon was found but a cellphone was found lying next to Baker after the shooting, Breeden said.

Dumlao was not hurt and was placed on paid administrative leave as per department policy, Breeden said. The officer is a 14-year police veteran.

No arrests had been made and charges were being reviewed, Breeden said. The theft investigation was continuing.