Man found passed out in stolen truck before officer-involved shooting, Phoenix police say

Sgt. Phil Krynsky says the situation began when officers found a man passed out in a stolen truck parked in the middle of the road early Thursday morning.
Published: May. 11, 2023 at 5:48 AM MST|Updated: May. 11, 2023 at 3:02 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A suspect is in custody after an early morning shooting involving Phoenix police on Thursday. Police were near 92nd Drive and Lower Buckeye Road when the shooting occurred around 3:15 a.m.

Investigators say it all started when police noticed a pickup truck parked on the road that they later learned was reported stolen. As officers boxed in the truck with their patrol vehicles, the driver, 34-year-old Uriel Lozada, woke up and attempted to drive off. Police say he then got out of the truck holding a gun and pointed it at officers. At that point, officers used less-lethal rounds, but Lozada was able to run away into a nearby neighborhood.

Police set up a perimeter and found him moments later when at least one officer opened fire. Moments later, authorities again used less-lethal rounds to arrest him near a home. Lozada was taken into custody and will be booked on multiple felonies, including aggravated assault on a police officer and theft.

No officers were hurt. This was the 35th officer-involved shooting in Arizona so far in 2023.