PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A 42-year-old man who was violating an order of protection has been taken to the hospital after an officer-involved shooting in Phoenix. It happened around 5 p.m. Sunday near 43rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road.
Phoenix police Sgt. Ann Justus says the suspect showed up at a home where his two teenage sons were inside. Justus says that the family had an order of protection against the man, so when he came to the house and tried to get in, the teens called police. When officers showed up, they found the suspect in the driveway, armed with a gun.
"The male pointed the gun at the... officer, and that's when the officer-involved shooting occurred," said Justus. "There was an exchange of gunfire between the officer and the suspect."
The suspect was transported to the hospital in critical condition. No officers were hurt. Police say no other shots were fired before police got there, and that there was no threat to the community.
“As soon as I saw the helicopter flying around, I told my wife, something’s going on," said neighbor Michael Leung. "And when I came outside, I saw all these officers over here. And that’s when I saw them picking that guy up into the gurney and taking him to the ambulance.”
Detectives plan to be at the scene throughout the evening collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses. Police say another home in the area was hit by the suspect's gunfire.
"This was an order of protection call," Justus said. "This is a pretty routine call that officers go on. That just goes to show that there is no such thing as a routine call for our officers... they never know what they're going to be confronted with when they arrive."
During the investigation, detectives learned the suspect's car was set on fire. He reportedly took another car at gunpoint near 28th Drive and Cactus Road prior to the officer-involved shooting. He had forced the car owner to drive him a few blocks away from the area. The victim was not injured and was able to drive away once the suspect got out of the car.
Police say the suspect remains in critical but stable condition and will be booked on several charges once he is released. No other injuries were reported.
Justus says the officer involved in the shooting is 26 years old and has been in the Cactus Park precinct for about two years. The investigation is ongoing.
At about 5:00 p.m., Officers were called to a house near 39th Ave and Thunderbird for a man who was violating an order of protection. The man was armed with a gun and exchanged gunfire with an officer. No injuries to the officer. The man was taken to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/9gHNJ5fn8j— Phoenix Police (@PhoenixPolice) May 31, 2021