Suspect dead after officer-involved shooting in west Phoenix

PHOENIX - One man is dead after an early-morning officer-involved-shooting Sunday.

The incident occurred in west Phoenix in the area of 35th Avenue and Camelback Road around 12 a.m.

Phoenix Police say the ordeal started Saturday at 8 p.m. when the driver of a Jeep Cherokee fled after getting into an accident with another car in south Phoenix.

The accident victim followed the Jeep to make contact with the driver and told police that the suspect in the Jeep fired shots into the air while the victim was taking down the vehicle's information.

Police were reportedly able to track the suspect's vehicle to a gas station in west Phoenix where the suspect disobeyed commands and pointed a gun at officers.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson says officers responding to the scene then fired at the suspect and a police K-9 was used to take the man into custody.

The suspect was left in critical condition, but later died from his injuries. He was identified by Phoenix Police as 39-year-old Mauricio Herrera-Garcia.

No officers were injured in the shooting.

The area was closed for several hours as the investigation was conducted.

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