Two teens arrested after allegedly shooting at Glendale police officers

Investigators say two teens used one gun to open fire on Glendale officers earlier this week and one of them said he wanted to murder an officer.
Published: Jun. 22, 2022 at 12:54 PM MST|Updated: Jun. 22, 2022 at 12:59 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Glendale police say they’ve arrested two teen boys who allegedly shot at officers earlier this week and recorded it on video. Investigators said the teens, ages 14 and 13, shared the video of the duo sharing a single gun and taking turns firing a gun at officers investigating a burglary nearby.

The incident started just after 11 p.m. Monday; Glendale police responded to a possible burglary at a home near 59th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. While officers were still in the area investigating the burglary just before midnight, they heard four shots and a “whizzing” sound – possibly the sound of bullets passing near them. No one was hurt; at the time, officers didn’t find anyone who might have fired those shots.

Investigators used a “ShotSpotter” system that listens for possible gunfire in the city and provides police with an approximate location. Using the technology, officers traced the gunfire to a nearby apartment complex near 59th Ave and Rose Lane, where they also discovered the shooting was caught on a surveillance camera. Officers recognized one of the boys from previous incidents and were able to arrest both teens a short time later.

Investigators say a 14-year-old and a 13-year-old shot at Glendale police officers while looking into a burglary call this week.

Both teens admitted to investigators that they had fired shots toward officers. The older teen told police that he had taken the gun from his mother’s dresser, went outside, and recorded the younger teen firing at the officers. According to police, the teens admitted that the younger teen fired one shot and then handed the gun to the older teen, who fired the gun multiple times at officers. During questioning, the 13-year-old told investigators that he wanted to “murder a police officer.”

Both teens are currently in Maricopa County Juvenile detention on aggravated assault, unlawful discharge of a firearm, and attempted murder counts, all possible felonies. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office will determine what charges the teens will face.