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Peoria PD: Teen injured in officer-involved shooting near 87th Avenue and Monroe Street

Officer involved shooting in Peoria
Posted at 8:26 PM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 21:58:49-04

PEORIA, AZ — Police say a 15-year-old boy is in the hospital after being injured in an officer-involved shooting in Peoria Monday night.

Authorities say the incident started around 8:00 p.m. when a sergeant monitoring traffic on Monroe Street, just west of 87th Avenue, observed a vehicle driving erratically.

Police say the vehicle made a left turn at the intersection and drove directly at the sergeant's patrol car. Police say due to the erratic behavior of the driver and the fact that the vehicle was heading directly at the sergeant, he fired at least one round at the driver, striking him in the face.

The sergeant called for medical help for the driver, a 15-year-old boy. When paramedics arrived, the teen was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the Sergeant involved in this incident was wearing a body worn camera but the camera was not activated because he was monitoring traffic when the vehicle abruptly drove at him.

A passenger in the suspect's vehicle, also a juvenile, was later released to an adult guardian.