Officer hurt after shooting with suspect near Central and McDowell

Officer hurt after shooting with suspect in PHX
Posted at 5:55 PM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 18:56:54-04

Police say an officer suffered minor injuries to his hand after a police-involved shooting in Phoenix on Monday, May 21. 

The incident happened near Central Avenue and McDowell Road. 

According to Phoenix police, an officer with 11 years of service was in the area and heard a victim yelling that their necklace had been stolen. The officer saw the suspect, 35-year-old Brandon Bacon, attempting to flee on a bike and knocked the suspect off.

Phoenix Sgt. Vince Lewis said Bacon rolled over onto his back on the ground and pointed a gun at the officer. The officer drew his firearm and shot the suspect. 

Bacon was able to get up and run away but was taken into custody nearby by responding officers and was taken to the hospital. The suspect was transported to the hospital in critical but stable condition.

This incident marks the 38th shooting involving law enforcement in the Valley so far in 2018. 

In all of 2017, there were 39 officer-involved shootings in the Valley.