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Phoenix officer fires shot at store burglary suspect in Laveen

Laveen OIS 52nd Ave and Baseline Road
Posted at 5:43 AM, Jan 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-08 15:49:10-05

LAVEEN, AZ — Authorities are investigating an alleged burglary that resulted in a Phoenix officer firing their weapon.

Just after midnight Saturday, Phoenix police were called to a Dollar Tree store near 51st Avenue and Baseline Road after a witness reported seeing someone break-in.

When officers arrived they made contact with 27-year-old Matthew Bia and asked him to come out. According to police, he yelled at the officer and refused to exit.

The officer continued to negotiate with Bia but he refused.

Police say Bia then reached to his waistband, pulled his hand out quickly extending it toward the officer. The officer then pulled out his gun and fired one round at Bia.

Bia was not struck.

Matthew Bia - MCSO Mugshot

When additional officers arrived he was taken into custody. He had minor cuts on his hands from glass from his initial break-in to the store.

No officers were injured.

Bia has been booked into the Maricopa County Jail and is facing charges for trespassing, burglary and criminal damage.