UPDATE: Suspect in officer-involved shooting has died, police say

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The Phoenix Police Department says the suspect wounded in an officer-involved shooting over the weekend has died.

Sgt. Alan Pfohl identified that suspect as John Wussler.

Pfohl said officers responded to a burglary call at a home in the area of Monte Vista Road and 32nd Street Sunday morning. Officers learned that Wussler, 58, was known to the homeowner and that the homeowner had an order of protection against him.

Pfohl said when police arrived on the scene, they saw Wussler jump the fence and flee the area. Officers engaged in a foot pursuit that led them to a nearby apartment complex. 

When officers caught up with Wussler, a physical altercation ensued and an officer was struck in the head, Pfohl said. The officer then pulled out his Taser to stop the altercation. Pfohl said upon seeing the Taser, Wussler pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the officer.

The officer then dropped the Taser and pulled out his service weapon and fired multiple rounds, striking Wussler, Pfohl said. The suspect was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

No officers were injured. 

Police say the officer involved is 28 years old and has been with the department for two years.

An investigation is underway.

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