Police identify suspect killed in shootout with Goodyear officers in Avondale
AVONDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — A man has died after exchanging gunfire with Goodyear police officers in Avondale on Wednesday evening, police said. He’s been identified as 23-year-old Tinse Peterson.
According to Goodyear Police Officer Duane King, it started when a woman called 911 after she said a man waved a gun at her while reportedly panhandling near a Dairy Queen on McDowell Road a few blocks west of Dysart Road. When officers got to the restaurant, he was already gone but they soon caught up to him, and police say Peterson lifted his shirt to show a handgun. He then began walking away from officers.
Officers stopped him again near the Circle K on the southeast corner of Dysart and McDowell Roads, where police say he became agitated and defensive. He then reportedly reached for his back as officers ordered him to stop. Police then used “less lethal weapons,” before Peterson pulled a gun from his waistband and opened fire behind the convenience store. Officers returned fire, hitting Peterson, who was taken to the hospital. He died a short time later. The two officers involved were not hurt.
As a member of the West Valley Incident Response Team, the Glendale Police Dept. will be the outside agency leading the investigation into the shooting.
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