Glendale police officer OK after exchanging gunfire with suspectPosted: Updated:
A Glendale police officer was unharmed Friday morning after exchanging gunfire with a suspect who fired six shots at him, authorities said.
The suspect was hit and taken to the hospital in serious condition. The extent of the man's injuries wasn't known.
No one in the neighborhood where the shooting took place was hurt, but one home was grazed by a bullet.
The officer was on patrol near 61st and Glendale avenues just before 9 a.m. when he noticed a small, red sedan with visible damage parked alongside the road.
“Thinking it may have been involved in a recent accident, (that) something may be wrong with the vehicle, he approached it and contacted a single male occupant who was in the driver’s seat,” Glendale Police Sgt. Scott Waite said.
The suspect displayed a small-caliber handgun and immediately fired shots at the officer.
“The officer retreated,” Waite said. “The suspect then exited the passenger’s seat of the vehicle. Again more shots were fired. The officer returned fire, striking the suspect.”
It wasn’t known how many shots the officer fired at the suspect.
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"I heard six or seven quick shots and one loud bang, then nothing," one witness said.
Another person, Phil Trogden, lives a few doors down from where the shooting took place.
"I was upstairs watching the inauguration and I heard just pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. And then my dog freaked out," Trogden said.
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"The opportunity and the ability to have it affect innocent bystanders, families, kids that are just in their home, that's obviously a scary thought for anybody and that somebody would be that brazen to open fire on an officer for, at this time, we don't know what reason, that's obviously a concerning thought," Waite said.
Officers were trying to learn what triggered the suspect to open fire.
Investigators were going door-to-door interviewing residents.
“We have a lot of good citizens cooperating with us,” Waite.
Waite said the suspect is a 29-year-old Hispanic man, but police are not released his name at this time. Investigators are trying to determine if he has any type of criminal history.
Waite said the officer has been with the department for more than 10 years and will be on administrative leave during the investigation.
OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN GLENDALE: Police blocking off multiple streets near 61st Ave/Glendale. Officer ok, suspect taken to hospital pic.twitter.com/ymenRm5n1m— Lina de Florias (@linadeflorias) January 20, 2017
Update: Officer is okay. 1 male suspect transported to local valley hospital, unk level of injuries at this time. No outstanding suspect— Glendale Police (@GlendaleAZPD) January 20, 2017
Please avoid the area 61st Ave and Glendale Ave. Officer involved shooting. PIO headed to scene. Media staging location TBD— Glendale Police (@GlendaleAZPD) January 20, 2017