GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A burglary suspect shot by officers in Glendale Monday morning has died from his injuries.

Officer-involved shooting in Glendale near 59th and Northern avenues

Officer-involved shooting in Glendale near 59th and Northern avenues

According to Glendale police, officers responded to the area of 59th and Northern avenues around 8 a.m. for reports of a burglary in progress. Officers found the suspect in the garage, and the man told officers, "they would have to shoot him to take him into custody."

Mariano Villegas mugshot

Previous booking photo for Mariano Villegas taken 5/2/21.

The man, later identified as 45-year-old Mariano Villegas from Phoenix, barricaded himself inside the detached garage with a refrigerator and then barricaded himself in a car. Just after 10 a.m. Police say SWAT teams tried to break into the car, but Villegas jumped out and charged officers while holding hand tools. As SWAT members retreated, one of the SWAT officers shot Villegas. Police say officers found screwdrivers, a cutting tool, and other hand tools around Villegas after the shooting. Villegas was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he later died. 

No officers were hurt during the incident. The officer who shot Villegas has been put on administrative leave during the investigation. The officer has not yet been identified.

No additional information was available. This is the 20th officer-involved shooting in Maricopa County in 2021.


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