PD: 2 in custody following officer-involved shooting in west Phoenix

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Mugshot of Roberto Verdugo, 28 (Source: MCSO) Mugshot of Roberto Verdugo, 28 (Source: MCSO)

Two people have been taken into custody following an officer-involved shooting that occurred Friday night in west Phoenix, police said.

The incident first occurred just after 9 p.m. near the area of 89th Avenue and McDowell Road.

Phoenix police found a vehicle belonging to a suspect wanted on felony domestic violence charges and an outstanding felony warrant.

During their surveillance, a 28-year-old man identified as Roberto Verdugo, was seen approaching the vehicle and the decision was made to take him into custody, police said.

When Phoenix police officers approached the man, a second man, identified as 39-year-old Lazaro Curiel, who was standing in front of the house where the vehicle was parked, pointed a handgun at one of the officers. 

That's when one of the officers drew his weapon and fired at Curiel, striking him multiple times and ending the threat, according to Phoenix police. 

Curiel was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

While officers were dealing with that suspect, the initial suspect ran from the scene. 

Police say that a perimeter was established and with the help of the department's helicopter and K9 officers, Verdugo was located in a nearby yard and taken into custody without injury.

Phoenix police say the 41-year-old officer involved in the shooting has been part of their department for 16 years. 

A gun was recovered at the scene.

There were no injuries to officers.

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