New photos of gunman on the run after being shot at by officers in Chandler
No officers hurt
CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Police have released new photos of an armed suspect who was shot at by officers in Chandler Wednesday night. One photo shows the unidentified man inside a Little Caesars Pizza on Arizona Avenue just north of Chandler Boulevard. The other shows him running with a gun in his hand in a nearby neighborhood.
At around 7 p.m. the man got into an argument with a customer inside the pizza place and showed a gun in his waistband, police said. Two officers arrived at the parking lot and talked to the suspect, who denied having a gun. That’s when investigators said he ran from the officers, pulled the gun from his waistband and ran toward more officers. Those officers opened fire. No officers were hurt.
The gunman continued to run south and then east through an alley. He’s still on the loose and it’s unclear if he is hurt. Exclusive video obtained by Arizona’s Family shows the suspect throwing a black object over one fence and then hiding behind a tree. Eventually, he jumps over the fence and disappears. “These neighborhoods, someone knows this individual and we’re asking for people in the locations to please be vigilant,” said Detective Eva Zermeno with the Chandler Police Department. “Obviously if you have anything that’s of value or anything that could be locked, please go ahead and lock it. Just heightened alert; there could be someone out there with a weapon so just be alert of your surroundings.”
Officers say the suspect is described as a thin Black man wearing black shorts, a dark gray or black shirt, dark socks, and white shoes. Anyone with information or surveillance video is asked to call the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4130 or Silent Witness at 480-948-6377 or 480-837-8446. An award of up to $1,000 is being offered.
This is the 27th officer-involved shooting in the Valley and the 42nd of its kind in Arizona so far in 2022.
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