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Suspect shot by Peoria officer charged with aggravated assault

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Posted at 2:01 PM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 17:02:28-04

PEORIA, AZ — Authorities have formally arrested the suspect in an officer-involved shooting last week.

Tuesday Peoria police said 23-year-old Samuel Denk was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail for aggravated assault after being released from the hospital.

Denk was pulled over by a sergeant near 83rd Avenue and Cholla on March 27 for a traffic violation. Police say as the sergeant approached Denk reached for a gun in his lap.

The Peoria officer fired once, hitting Denk in the face. The sergeant was not harmed in the incident.