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Tempe police involved in deadly shooting near 48th Street and Baseline

Posted at 3:23 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 00:54:44-05

TEMPE, AZ — Authorities say Tempe officers were involved in a deadly shooting Tuesday afternoon.

The shooting occurred just before 3 p.m. near 48th Street and Baseline Road.

Tempe police say they originally responded to the area for a suspicious vehicle call. When officers arrived, police say the suspect got out of the vehicle with a gun and started to run. At one point the suspect turned toward an officer. The officer perceived a threat and shot at the suspect.

Police said no officers were injured in the shooting. An officer responding to the scene was hit by a vehicle at Rural and University and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The male suspect was taken to the hospital after the shooting and did not survive. The suspect's age was not immediately known.

Forty-eighth Street was restricted between Southern and Baseline fro several hours while Tempe officers investigated the shooting, but reopened around 10 p.m.

This is the fourth shooting by a law enforcement officer in Maricopa County this year, and comes less than 24 hours after Peoria officers shot a suspect near 91st and Northern avenues Monday night.