Suspect in officer-involved shooting at Scottsdale Fashion Square has been identified

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Police said a suspect has died after an officer-involved shooting at a mall in Scottsdale.

That suspect has been identified as 51-year-old Abel L. Martinez.

Police said it all started when an off-duty Scottsdale police officer who was working security at Scottsdale Fashion Square was told about a possible shoplifter on Sunday just before 5 p.m.

"Was alerted by loss prevention of a subject acting erratically and suspicious inside one of the stores," said Ofc. Kevin Watts with the Scottsdale Police Department.

The officer then approached the suspect outside the mall on the third floor of the Brown Parking Garage.

Police said the man was walking away when the officer said, "Stop! Police!"

The man turned toward the officer holding a gun and then raised that gun toward the officer, police said.

That's when the officer shot him. The suspect died at the scene.

"We have recovered a handgun at the scene," said Watts.

Several shoplifted items were also found in his possession, according to police.

Police said Martinez had an extensive criminal history dating back to the 1980s with drug, theft and robbery convictions.

Police say there weren't any other suspects involved. The mall was never placed on lockdown but the parking garage was closed while police investigate.

The 12-year veteran officer involved was placed on paid administrative leave while they investigate, which is standard procedure.  

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