PD: Man wearing body armor shot multiple times after pointing gun at Phoenix officers

Posted at 7:33 PM, Oct 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-12 10:04:11-04

Officials are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Phoenix. The situation unfolded near 38th Street and Van Buren on Tuesday night. 

ABC15 learned the suspect, a man, was walking along the canal when he approached another man, pointed a gun at him and threatened to kill him. He apparently told the man, "I could kill you and no one would know." 

Phoenix police said the suspect then saw officers, and he pulled out body armor from his backpack and put it on before making a run for it.

According to police, the suspect jumped fences, jumped into an alley and ignored officer's commands multiple times. 

Police say the man hid behind a police vehicle, pointed his handgun at officers and officers fired their weapons at him. The man then ran behind a transformer, pointed his handgun again and officers opened fire again.  

The man was shot multiple times but is expected to survive. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

No officers were injured in the incident.

Officers were able to recover the handgun used by the man. They are searching the canal for more evidence. 

Sources tell ABC15 the suspect in Tuesday's officer-involved shooting has a criminal history. He was just released from prison in January of 2016 on charges of aggravated assault and misconduct involving weapons. He had warrants out against him. Police have not released the man's name as of Tuesday night. 

ABC15 learned four officers fired their weapons. One of the officers who fired is a K9 officer; the other three officers were with the department's neighborhood enforcement squad. 

Residents in the nearby area were left without power after the shooting as the transformer the man hid behind was affected.

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