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PD: Fight inside vehicle mistaken for shooting at Moon Valley High School

Phoenix Police Department
Posted at 10:05 AM, Oct 06, 2019

PHOENIX — A fight inside a vehicle was mistaken by concerned citizens as a shooting that took place at Moon Valley High School in Phoenix on Saturday night. However, Phoenix police say no shooting occurred. Instead, it was a domestic violence incident involving an armed male driver allegedly refusing to let a female victim leave his car.

According to Phoenix police, they responded to the area of 3500 West Cactus Road for a call of a fight inside a vehicle around 9:45 p.m.

Police say they received a 911 call indicating an adult male driver was armed and not letting his passenger, an adult female, leave the car.

As officers canvased the area searching for the suspect, the victim called 911 to report she'd made it out of the car and was in the parking lot of Moon Valley High School. The victim also allegedly told police the suspect was threatening himself with a gun.

When officers arrived, police say they found the suspect "outside of the vehicle, alone and acting erratically."

"The suspect dropped his gun and surrendered to police," Sergeant Vince Lewis of the Phoenix Police Department said. "He was taken into custody without incident. He is to be booked into jail on domestic violence related charges."

According to Sgt. Lewis, the victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries from being assaulted by the driver.

The identities of the suspect and victim have not been released by police.