PD: Suspect dies after Glendale officer-involved shooting

GLENDALE, AZ - Police say a suspect has died at a Valley hospital after an officer-involved shooting Thursday morning in Glendale.

The 43-year-old male suspect was shot in a parking lot near 59th Avenue and Thunderbird Road around 10 a.m., according to Glendale police Officer Tracey Breeden.

No officers were shot in the incident, Breeden said.

The suspect was reportedly wanted for an outstanding felony warrant. The man was also being investigated by Glendale Police Fraud and Forgery detectives in a separate case.

Breeden said undercover detectives surrounded the suspect with their vehicles while the man was inside his blue pickup truck. 

Police said when the suspect began ramming vehicles, detectives perceived a threat and fired upon the suspect, striking the suspect.

Moments after shots were fired, viewer video showed plumes of smoke surrounding the area as officers converged on the man's vehicle

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Air15 video showed a pickup truck with what appeared to be bullet holes in the windshield.

Police said there weren't many people in the parking lot at the time, so they were able to keep the situation contained and away from bystanders.

"Well, we were inside just making some sandwiches getting ready for the lunch rush setting up shop and then heard what sounded like a couple of bangs," said Chris Matthias who works nearby.

"About five or ten minutes later, the cops pulled up in the parking lot and started taping everything off. That's when we looked out the window and low and behold there's the truck shot up."

The suspect was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and was later declared deceased, according to Glendale police.

It is believed that only one detective with the Wanted Fugitive Task Force fired their weapon at this time, police say. According to department standards, the detective will be placed on paid administrative leave. Breeden said two U.S. Marshals were members of the task force at the scene during the shooting incident.

However, the department will be conducting interviews with U.S. Marshals and won't be able to confirm the number of shooters until those interviews are done, they say. 

ABC15 video from the scene showed a dog being pulled from the suspect's vehicle.

Police say the dog was unharmed, but was taken to a local veterinarian to be checked out.

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