PD: Armed Phoenix fire investigator captures armed assault suspect

Posted at 1:43 PM, Apr 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-24 16:43:59-04

An armed Phoenix fire investigator captures an armed assault suspect who was chasing a man through the Phoenix library.

Phoenix police report that on April 18 an armed man was chasing a victim through the Burton Barr Central Library which was full of children and other patrons. 

Police say the suspect, 29-year-old Pierre Wright Sharks, was in an altercation with another man on the second floor of the library near Central Avenue and McDowell Road.

Officials say the two men have a history of fighting at the library and a homeless shelter. In this case, Sharks produced a handgun and pointed it at the victim who ran away with Sharks giving chase. 

The men made it outside of the library where a Phoenix fire captain and a Phoenix fire investigator were in the parking lot of the Blue Finn Restaurant. They saw the victim run by shouting that a man with a gun was chasing him. 

They soon saw Sharks pull a handgun out of his waistband as he was chasing the victim, yelling, "I'm going to shoot you!"

After taking cover, the armed fire investigator reportedly drew his handgun, identified himself and ordered Sharks, "to drop the gun or he was going to drop him." Sharks complied and was taken into custody.

Police say the Sharks' handgun was a "realistic looking BB gun."

He was arrested for aggravated assault with a simulated deadly weapon.