Police identify suspect shot in the leg by an officer after struggle for gun

Posted at 5:49 PM, Apr 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 07:38:33-04

Phoenix police say 23-year-old Thomas Strickland was shot in the leg by an officer after Strickland attempted to take a gun from another officer’s holster.

The incident happened April 9, around 3 p.m. at the home near the I-17 and 15th Avenue.

Police say they were called to a vacant home for reports of a suspicious man on the property. When they got there, it was determined Strickland had a warrant out for his arrest for a probation violation.

When police tried to take him into custody, they say Strickland tried to pull a gun out of one of the officer’s holsters. During the struggle, police say Strickland pulled the trigger, firing the gun. The bullet went through the officer’s pant leg, but police say the officer was not shot.

Strickland was then shot by another officer on the scene in the leg and attempted to run away.

Police took Strickland into custody and he was taken to the hospital for his injury.

Once released from the hospital, he will be booked into jail for aggravated assault against the officers and his outstanding warrant.