Suspect ID’d after shooting involving police near Phoenix high school

An aggravated assault suspect was killed in a shootout with Phoenix police near Washington High School just hours before another officer-involved shooting.
Published: Feb. 22, 2023 at 3:27 PM MST|Updated: Feb. 23, 2023 at 10:11 AM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Police have identified a man who died after he was shot by police Wednesday afternoon in Phoenix.

The shooting happened near 23rd and Glendale avenues, just across the street from Washington High School. According to Sgt. Robert Scherer, around 2 p.m., detectives were in the neighborhood following up on information about a man connected to an aggravated assault earlier this month. Scherer says detectives found 41-year-old Derin Holmes, who matched the suspect’s description, at a nearby home. However, police say Holmes then ran away from the house. Officers tracked him down and tried to approach him when Holmes reportedly pulled out a gun, Scherer said. He then shot once at police, and an officer returned fire. Holmes died at the scene.

No officers were hurt. No other information has been released.

This is the eighth officer-involved shooting in Maricopa County and the 11th in the state in 2023.