GLENDALE, Ariz. (KSAZ) -- Glendale Police officials have identified the man who was shot and killed in an officer involved shooting late Tuesday afternoon.
In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Glendale Police say three of the tactical officers from Phoenix Police Department, who were in fear for their lives and those of the community, responded with lethal force when the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Timothy Odell Leon, pointed his gun at officers, after trying to flee.
The incident, according to Glendale Police Officer Tiffany Smith Tuesday night, started to unfold at around 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, in the area of 32nd Street and Thomas Road, where Phoenix Police officers responded to reports of an armed robbery.
According to Glendale Police officials on Wednesday, Leon was seen leaving in a car that that was identified as being taken in an armed carjacking incident a few days prior. Tactical officers then followed Leon into the city limits of Glendale, and the incident came to an end on the 6400 block of N. 64th Drive.
In the statement, Glendale Police officials said Leon was involved in at least five armed robberies in a five-day period. Three of the incidents were carjackings, and the suspect had fired a gun during all of the carjackings. In one of the incidents, the victim was struck with gunfire. It is currently unknown if Leon is wanted in other armed robbery incidents throughout the Valley.
An investigation is ongoing.