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Scottsdale officer-involved shooting leads to pursuit, crash

Posted: 4:14 AM, Jul 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-01 13:37:20-04
Police-involved shooting leads to pursuit, crash
Police-involved shooting leads to pursuit, crash

Police say a suspect has been released from a Valley hospital after an officer-involved shooting, pursuit and rollover crash early Monday morning. 

The incident started around 11:35 p.m. Sunday when an officer initiated a traffic stop near 74th Street and Cactus Road.

The driver was reportedly acting erratically and not following commands. Police say the subject, 26-year-old Joseph Zamora reached for something in the car before trying to drive away, dragging the officer several feet. 

The officer was able to break free from the car and Zamora turned the car around and headed toward the officer, police say. The officer fired several rounds at the driver, who swerved at the last second and continued down the road. 

Zamora reportedly led police on a short pursuit before officials monitored the vehicle by air. The pursuit was re-engaged and ended in a crash with another car near 32nd Street and Broadway Road.

Police say the occupants of the car that was hit were not seriously hurt.

Zamora was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital. On Tuesday he was released from the hospital and taken into custody. He is being held on the following charges: aggravated assault on police officer, felony flight, and endangerment. 

Police say no officers were seriously injured during the incident.

This was the 56th officer-involved shooting incident in the Valley since the beginning of 2018. The most recent officer-involved shooting before this incident occurred just five days ago and resulted in the death of Arizona Department of Public Safety Trooper Tyler Edenhofer.