Phoenix police officer fires at shoplifting suspect in North Phoenix

PHOENIX - Authorities say an officer suffered injuries to his hand in an attempt to stop a shoplifting suspect in North Phoenix Friday night.

Police say the incident started around 8 p.m. near 25th Avenue and Happy Valley Road.

Authorities say two officers were responding to a shoplifting call at a Walmart in the area when a loss prevention officer told the officers be believed another shoplifter was in the store trying to take some speakers, according to Sgt. Tommy Thompson, spokesman for Phoenix police.

When that suspect saw the officer, he fled the store to a nearby hotel parking lot where his car was parked, said Thompson.

The officer was able to catch up to the suspect and punches through the vehicle window several times, until it broke, said police.

In the process, the officers arm got entangled in the vehicle window. The officer was able to free himself shortly after, but ended up finding himself standing in front of the suspect's car.

Police said the suspect then placed the car in drive and began to "race the engine," according to Thompson. The officer fired one shot towards the vehicle, however, it is not known if the suspect or the vehicle was struck.

Police said they are currently looking for a 30-year-old black male, about 240 pounds and wearing a plaid shirt. Authorities said the suspect was last seen driving a gray or brown car, possibly a Honda Accord or Honda Civic, with a broken window.

The officer was taken to a nearby hospital to seek treatment for his hand. The officer has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

If you have any information, you are asked to call Phoenix police at 602-262-7626 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.




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