Officer-involved shooting in north Phoenix; suspect hospitalized

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

Phoenix police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened at around 8:30 p.m. Friday near 12th Street and Bell Road in Phoenix.

According to Mercedes Fortune of Phoenix PD, officers from the Neighborhood Enforcement Team received information about several armed robberies that had taken place in the area during in-person sales that were arranged online. 

Officers arranged a meeting posing as customers in the area of 12th Street and Helena Drive. The two male suspects were found and officers attempted to apprehend them.

Fortune said both suspects ignored commands and ran from officers. One suspect, a 19-year-old male, was arrested a short distance away and the other continued to flee.

According to Fortune, the suspect who fled was seen armed with a handgun. Police continually told the suspect, a 17-year-old male, to drop the gun but he ignored their commands, Fortune said.

One officer fired at the suspect and struck him, which stopped the threat. The suspect was arrested and transported to a local hospital were he was later released to police custody.  

A handgun was found next to the suspect and an additional handgun was found along the path where the two suspects had fled. No officers were injured and no additional injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing.

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