Man accused of firing gun at Phoenix officers arrested

Posted at 3:57 PM, Jul 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-07 22:10:59-04

Police have arrested a suspect accused of shooting at officers on Sunday morning.

The Phoenix Police Department arrested Derek Johnson, 23, after he's believed to have opened fire on responding officers near Interstate 17 between Camelback and Indian School roads. Tips shared with police led to the man's whereabouts at a home near 23rd and Northern avenues on Thursday, July 6.

The man had an outstanding warrant and police were able to locate him and take him into custody. 

Police say just after 4 a.m. on July 2, officers were responding to an unknown trouble call near 27th Avenue and Camelback Road. A caller told 9-1-1 that the suspects were armed with handguns.

As officers arrived in the area, they activated their overhead lights and placed the police spotlight in the direction of a man walking eastbound on West Hazelwood Street.

Police say Johnson stopped and initially placed his hands up before turning away from the officers, pulling out a handgun and firing a round at the officers as he turned back to them.

The round struck the center part of the patrol vehicle's windshield, police said. The officers exited their patrol car, leaving it in drive, as it rolled and collided with a fence.

Johnson was seen running on the North Black Canyon Access Road from West Hazelwood Street and was not located that morning. 

Johnson was booked on two charges of attempted first degree murder and one charge of armed robbery.

Police say Johnson had an outstanding warrant for an armed robbery which occurred in December of last year where he and three other people held a clerk at gunpoint and took merchandise with them from a business near 52nd and Van Buren streets. 

Because of the warrant and tips connecting Johnson to the officer shootings, officials were able to arrest him.