PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Phoenix police are investigating after a scuffle with multiple suspects led to gunfire near 16th and Roosevelt streets early Sunday morning. 

According to Sgt. Vince Lewis, officers were in the area at about 3:15 a.m. when they saw a group of people in their late teens or early 20s drinking and walking through the streets.

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Lewis said one of them was seen throwing a bottle at a car. 

Police said the driver told them one person in the group had a gun.

"Having lived here two years I know police are going to respond to that," said Tamara Riggs, who lives in the neighborhood.  "They’re going to disperse whatever is happening which apparently is what happened. I guess from there it spun out of control."

When officers approached the group, everyone scattered.

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Lewis said an officer found one of the men, who was believed to be armed and the two fired shots at each other.

Police said the man was hit, and he ran he away.

Officers said gunfire was exchanged between the man and an officer.

The suspect then ran onto the off-ramp of the I-10 freeway. 

Police said the man tried opening the doors of a waiting car before collapsing in the road.

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That suspect was then pronounced dead, Lewis said. 

On Monday, Police identified the suspect as 17-year-old Robert Rabago. 

It is unclear whether or not the suspect was hit by a vehicle. Lewis says the suspect was struck by gunfire. The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.

Another suspect was found by two other officers, one with a K-9. The officers deployed both the K-9 and a Taser, and the suspect was arrested. 

Lewis said two other people were also arrested at the scene.

No officers were injured. 

"It's pretty scary to think that we're in a transitioning neighborhood and that could happen," said Riggs. "I mean I've been concerned the rest of the day as you can imagine, but the truth is it doesn't happen very frequently. I've been here two years, and that's by far the biggest thing that has happened."

Sixteenth Street  between McDowell Road and Roosevelt Street is back open.

 


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