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Suspect shot and killed after drawing weapon on Phoenix officer, police say

Posted at 5:28 PM, Aug 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-20 01:48:23-04

A suspect is dead after pulling a weapon on an officer during a foot chase in south Phoenix Saturday afternoon.

According to Phoenix police, an officer was involved in a shooting in the area of 15th and Southern avenues around 4:30 p.m.

A Phoenix police spokesperson said officers were in the area searching for a felony warrant suspect. They encountered the suspect, 28-year-old Andres Arteaga, who then ran from police and began jumping through several yards before trying to break into a home in the area.

An officer confronted Arteaga and deployed his Taser which had little effect, police say.

Arteaga reportedly drew a weapon, which prompted the officer to draw their firearm and shoot the suspect, ending the threat.

Phoenix fire officials pronounced Arteaga dead at the scene.

No officers were injured in the incident.

This is the 61st reported officer-involved shooting in the Valley for 2018, and the 35th officer-involved shooting in Phoenix alone.

Earlier this week, a Phoenix police officer was injured during an exchange of gunfire with a suspect Thursday night near Cactus and Cave Creek roads.