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Phoenix Police ID gunman who shot officer

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A man who shot and wounded a Phoenix police officer before he was shot and killed late Saturday afternoon has been identified. 

The suspect who died was 44-year-old Erik Tellez.

Officers were called to a park near 20th Street and Thomas Road for a report of a man acting suspicious at around 4:45 p.m. Saturday.

The man said people were there with guns and he needed help. "He called us and indicated to us that he believed people, snipers, were pointing rifles at him," Phoenix Police Sgt. Jonathan Howard said.

At least three Phoenix Police units arrived at the scene.

"The officers couldn't have a full conversation before he started shooting at us," he added.

A police source said Tellez barricaded himself in a van, and when officers tried to approach, he grabbed a gun and opened fire.

One officer was hit in the shoulder. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released, Howard said. Another officer shot the suspect, according to the police source.

Officers said there was a mental health pickup order on file for Tellez.

The gunfire frightened people in the area, including Isaac Quitiro, who said he heard and saw it all going down. 

"Once I heard the gun shots, I just ran," Quitiro said.

Saturday's shooting was the 15th officer-involved shooting in the Valley since the year began.

The story will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

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