MCSO, Tempe PD investigating deputy-involved shooting in Guadalupe

Posted at 12:25 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 11:41:28-05

Tempe police and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office are investigating a deputy-involved shooting in Guadalupe.

Air15 video over the scene showed MCSO and Tempe police units stationed in the neighborhood near Calle Sonora and Calle Batoua around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday.

MCSO says they were first called to the area after reports of a shootout that was happening. When MCSO got on scene, a suspect reportedly rammed one of their vehicles.

Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez said deputies had no choice but to shoot the suspect. 

"The suspect rammed one of the sheriff's vehicles," Enriquez said. "At that time, another deputy sheriff came up...[they] had no choice and opened fire on the suspect."

According to MCSO, one of the suspect's was involved in multiple carjackings before the pursuit. At one point, the person fired at officers from a moving car before hitting a sheriff's vehicle. Afterward, deputies were able to take him into custody.

The suspect was hospitalized in critical condition.

An unidentified witness tells ABC15 they witnessed the shooting.

"All I know is that they were shooting at somebody and they started chasing them," the person said. "Cops picked up the chase and they shot him."


Authorities said the second suspect was removed from a house and transported to the hospital after being bit by the dog. The person is believed to be the second of two suspects involved in the shooting.

"They were, in essence, taunting the SWAT team to come out," Enriquez said. "I believe one of our K-9s did bite one of the person's who we believe to be a suspect or at least involved in the shooting."

Officials are still trying to determine why the two suspects were involved in an initial shooting between each other.

Adam Reyes said his son, Abram, captured the shooting on video.

"My son said 'Ah dad, get over here — check this out,'" Reyes said. "And by that time there was nothing but commotion over there and he showed me the video."

MCSO has not said how many other suspects were involved.

No MCSO deputies were injured during the incident.

Stay with ABC15 and for updates.