Phoenix officer shoots man in leg after believing suspect had a gun

PHOENIX - A Phoenix police officer shot a man Saturday evening at a Valley park after it was believed he was fiddling with a gun.

Officer James Holmes, spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, said a 21-year-old man is hospitalized after being shot in the leg at Marivue Park by a Phoenix police officer.

The officer is on paid administrative leave.

The incident began around 11:30 p.m. near 55th Avenue and Osborn when two officers were patrolling the area and heard gunshots nearby.

Holmes said three men were seen running from the nearby park towards the officers. The men said they believed another man in the park was shooting at them.

Both officers, with a combined 14-and-a-half years on the force, located the suspect and began to give him commands to stop. Holmes said the suspect refused and began to fiddle with something in his waist as he walked towards the officer.

Believing the suspect has a weapon, the officer fired one round striking the suspect in the leg, said Holmes.

The suspect did not have a gun on his person, said Holmes, but a handgun was located near a trash can.

Police said the suspect was taken to an area hospital where he told officers he only fired his weapon into the ground.

Holmes said the man faces a charge of aggravated assault.

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