PD: Teen in custody after aiming gun at officers

Posted at 1:29 PM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-20 08:02:04-04

The same day Phoenix police had to reveal the news that one of their own--a 12-year veteran on the force--had died after being shot in the line of duty, officers were in another part of the Valley trying to arrest a suspect accused of pointing a gun at them and innocent civilians.

The situation began around 1 p.m. Thursday.

Someone called police about a person allegedly pointing a gun at people near 41st and Reade avenues.

When officers arrived, the suspect tried to get away in a truck.

Police followed the suspect to 51st Avenue and Camelback Road where, police said, the suspect pointed his gun at an officer.

Surveillance video shows the moment the alleged driver drove through an intersection, appearing to narrowly miss crashing into an innocent driver.

The pursuit ended at a dead-end looped road near Clarendon Avenue and Maryvale Parkway.

With guns drawn, the 18-year-old suspect, who has not been named, was taken into custody.

"We see the officers guns drawn and we're like "Wow, this is getting more serious," said Nick Kibby, who said she witnessed the end of the chase.

Another witness, Lisa Schmitz, told ABC15 that the alleged suspect surrendered peacefully, but began to scream and kick as officers tried to put him in the back of a patrol car.

Police said the suspect was going to be evaluated and tested for possible impairment.