Child in suspect's car during police pursuit, deadly shooting


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Gibby Parra

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 10 at 3:55 PM

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PHOENIX -- Police shot and killed a suspect who allegedly tried to run down officers overnight. The man's young son was in the car -- sitting in the passenger seat -- at the time.

It happened just before midnight Monday near 27th Avenue and Van Buren Street.

Police said it started as an attempted traffic stop that led to a short pursuit. According to Sgt. Trent Crump, officers believed the driver was impaired.

"While at West McDowell Road and the Black Canyon Freeway access the suspect stopped at a red traffic light, officers maneuvered into a position to attempt to block the vehicle's movement when the driver accelerated directly towards them," Crump said in an email to media outlets.

A short chase ensued.

Neighbors said tha pursuit ended right outside the suspect's home. That's where he reportedly tried to run down the officers.

"As officers approached the vehicle the suspect rapidly accelerated in reverse towards the officers and their vehicle, at this time one officer fired at the vehicle's driver," Crump said.

The man, who has not been identified, was shot and killed.

During all of this, the man's 5-year-old son was sitting in the passenger seat of the car. Crump said officers did not discover the child until the car stopped. The little boy was not injured.

Neighbors declined an on-camera interview, but told 3TV's Gibby Parra that the suspect's daughters were in the house and ran outside when they heard the commotion and gunfire.

No officers were hurt.

It's not clear why the suspect refused to stop for police.