GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5)-- The Glendale Police Department has released new body camera footage showing moments a 17-year-old suspect opened fire while hundreds of people fled from an illegal party in an industrial area last month.
Glendale police released the video showing parts of the incident on their website Friday morning.
It happened when officers were called to the area of 67th and Northern avenues in the early morning hours of Oct. 13 for reports of shots fired.
Authorities say officer Dylan Ansell, a four-year veteran with Glendale police found about 200 people fleeing the area from an illegal party. Ansell had just arrived when he heard multiple gunshots. Police say he then witnessed the suspect, later identified as 17-year-old Levy Isaac Madueno Santibanez, firing shots.
"This was an active shooter situation," said Jay O'Neill, a spokesperson for Glendale Police Department. "(The officer) looks over, and he sees the suspect with his arm parallel to the ground, hand on his gun, and he sees that suspect fire the handgun towards the business lot where the party was taking place, still occupied by dozens, potentially hundreds of people."
The video shows a large crowd running from the area as gunshots were being fired in the background. One of the officers tells the party-goers to "get on the ground" as gunshots were being exchanged.
Ansell believed that this was not random celebratory gunfire but "potentially an attack on the party goers or an active gun battle." Ansell then fired shots after he said "he feared for the lives of those still fleeing the area and for his own life" as Santibanez turned towards him. O'Neill said Santibanez ignored the officer's commands.
According to Glendale police, Officer Ansell fired four rounds, striking Santibanez about three times. Santibanez was pronounced dead on scene.
Police say Santibanez had a Glock .40 handgun in his waistband during the incident. According to police, the gun's magazine had a capacity of 15 .40 caliber rounds and contained 10 rounds. Police also recovered three .40 caliber shell casings from the same area where officers first saw Santibanez standing and firing.
Glendale police said the officer acted appropriately when he fired his gun, and he is back on full duty.
"If you or I had a child at that party and gunfire erupted, 40 rounds being fired, and an officer was there, and this armed person is running toward a crowd of people at that party, I think our community expects the police department in Glendale to stop that threat," said O'Neill.
There are still some questions that have no answers about Santibanez.
"I don’t think we can say with 100% assurance whether the gun was in his hand when he was running or in his waistband when he was running," said O'Neill.
Police believe that there may have been more shooters at the illegal party and many witnesses that have not been identified. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000.
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