Police arrest man for shooting at officers in Phoenix, carjacking multiple vehicles

PHOENIX - Police have identified a 28-year-old man accused of firing at officers in Phoenix and carjacking multiple vehicles on Saturday morning. 

Around 8 a.m., Tempe police alerted Phoenix police to a carjacking that happened near I-10 and Baseline Road. 

Police say Christopher Garcia had reportedly struck the victim with her vehicle as he fled. The woman suffered a non-life-threatening injury. 

Phoenix officers located the carjacked vehicle near 16th Street and Broadway Road with the suspect inside. 

Officers pursued Garcia until he collided with a civilian's vehicle under Interstate 17 at 7th Street. 

Garcia then reportedly tried to rob two other victims of their vehicles at gunpoint. 

As officers arrived, Garcia allegedly pointed a handgun and fired at several of them.

He then took a black SUV at gunpoint and fled the area. 

Police say as Garcia drove through the neighborhood he continued to point his gun and fired shots at officers and others. 

A total of twelve officers were identified as victims of aggravated assault. 

According to police, no officers were hurt, and none returned fire during the incident. 

As Garcia reached 4th and Riverside streets, he bailed out of the SUV and met up with a vehicle that was being driven by an acquaintance and traveled to an area near 7th Street and Broadway Road.

Garcia then reportedly got out of the vehicle and ran inside a home while pointing his gun at officers arriving on the scene. 

The occupants of the acquaintance's vehicle were then detained. 

Officers then contacted Garcia by cell phone, and he eventually came out of the home and was taken into custody without incident. 

Garcia was booked into jail on 12 counts of aggravated assault on police, 14 counts of aggravated assault, armed robbery, discharging a firearm within the city, and other charges. 

Police say a civilian vehicle was struck by gunfire, but no one was hurt. 

No police vehicles were struck by gunfire and were not struck or involved in any collisions. 

 
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