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Man dies after being shot by police during burglary call in Glendale

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Posted at 11:16 AM, May 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-04 17:17:57-04

GLENDALE, AZ — A man has died after he was shot by Glendale police during a burglary call near 59th and Northern avenues Monday morning.

Glendale police said just before 8 a.m., officers responded to the area for a residential burglary alarm call.

They arrived at the scene and found the suspect inside the garage. He allegedly told police they were going to have to shoot him.

Police said a SWAT team was called and the suspect then barricaded himself with a refrigerator and was inside of a vehicle in the garage.

Just after 10 a.m., officers began to approach the vehicle when the suspect reportedly jumped out with hand tools and charged at the officers.

One of the officers fired at the suspect who was taken to a local hospital and later died of his injuries. The suspect has been identified as 45-year-old Mariano Villegas.

No officers were hurt, and the investigation is ongoing.

In January, a 23-year-old man was shot by Glendale police near 59th and Northern avenues after he reportedly charged at officers with a homemade spear.