20-year-old man arrested after officer-involved shooting

PHOENIX - Charges are still pending against a suspect after an officer-involved shooting in central Phoenix.

The shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. on Friday morning near 35th and Missouri avenues.

Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said two officers saw a vehicle speeding northbound on 37th Avenue from Camelback Road and made a U-turn and turned on their emergency lights to follow.

The car stopped at a house in the neighborhood, which was later determined not to be where the suspect lived.

The officers got out of their patrol car and approached the driver who reportedly rolled up the windows, locked the doors and turned off the ignition.

Officers told the driver to get out of the car, but he refused and started the vehicle, rapidly accelerating in reverse.

He hit the patrol vehicle then hit two cars in the carport. He put the car in reverse again, hitting the officers' patrol car.

As he was doing this, the driver was trying to turn to get back onto the street, Thompson said.

The officers were trying to get out of the way when the vehicle drove directly at one of them.

Thompson said the other officer, seeing the danger his partner was in, fired several rounds at the suspect. The suspect was not struck, Thompson said.

The driver, who police have only so far described as a 20-year-old male, made it to the street and continued driving at a high rate of speed when he missed a turn and drove through one yard and into the carport of another home.

Thompson said the suspect's vehicle came to rest under a pickup truck, which was pushed into another car.

The driver tried to run away but was quickly taken into custody.

Thompson said after being taken into custody, the driver was processed for DUI.

Thompson said the driver will ultimately be booked for aggravated assault and extreme DUI.

As standard procedure, both officers will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation, according to Thompson.

 

 

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