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Peoria police involved in shooting near 79th Avenue and Thunderbird

Peoria PD involved in shooting, no officers hurt
Posted at 8:14 AM, Jan 17, 2018

A suspect has been hospitalized after an officer-involved shooting near 79th Avenue and Thunderbird Road Wednesday morning. 

No officers were hurt in the incident, according to Peoria police.

Traffic was blocked for several hours in the area but has since reopened.

According to police, the incident started as a four-car collision near 83rd Avenue and Wacker Road.

Jaime Longoria Valenzuela, 24, reportedly left the area of the crash and police followed him as they believed the vehicle involved was possibly stolen. 

As an officer followed Valenzuela, he reportedly pointed a gun at the officer before running into a backyard of a home, police said. 

Another officer located Valenzuela in that neighborhood and the suspect reportedly fired at the officer. 

Police say the officer engaged Valenzuela before fleeing the area. 

A third officer located the suspect in the area of 79th Avenue and Thunderbird Road where the suspect and officer exchanged gunfire.

There is no update on the condition of the suspect at this time.

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