GLENDALE, AZ — Police said a man suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run on Tuesday afternoon pointed a gun and shot in the direction of an off-duty Glendale police officer, who also returned fire.
No one was struck or injured in the exchange of gunfire and the suspect, later identified as a 24-year-old Gabino Hernandez, was eventually taken into custody, police said.
Below: Live aerial video from Air15 on Tuesday afternoon
According to a police spokesperson, an off-duty officer was leaving the sub-station near 82nd Avenue and Bethany Home Road when the officer witnessed a suspected hit-and-run crash. The officer called 911 and began to follow the suspect vehicle, police said.
Police said Hernandez drove to a nearby park where he jumped out of the vehicle while it was still moving, and ultimately drove into a canal.
OIS near 8200 W Bethany Home Rd. At this time there are no reported injuries from officers or suspects. We do not believe there are any outstanding suspects. PIO enroute to scene. Media staging area will be the entrance to Heroes Park, just north of 83Ave/Bethany Home Rd. See map pic.twitter.com/zzIrF8jRHP— Glendale Police (@GlendaleAZPD) July 13, 2021
The officer confronted Hernandez who then allegedly fired one round at the officer. The officer returned fire. The officer then looked away to put his vehicle in reverse when he heard a second round fired.
Police said Hernandez stole a bicycle and the officer lost sight of him. Hernandez was eventually located in a neighborhood across from the canal and arrested. He was booked into jail on aggravated assault charges.
Police said other charges were possible.