PHOENIX (KSAZ) - New details on an officer involved shooting near Downtown Phoenix have been released by Phoenix Police.
The incident happened on Monday, at the 1500 block of N. Central Avenue. Police identified the suspect as a 35-year-old man, but did not release his name as he has yet to be booked into jail. The suspect was riding a bike near a drug store located at the intersection of Central and McDowell Road when he took a necklace from an adult male victim who was on foot.
The victim, police say, ran after the suspect, heading south on Central Avenue, and later approached an on-duty, uniformed Phoenix Police officer in a patrol vehicle. The officer left the car upon seeing the chase, and tried to detain the suspect. The suspect then struck the curb, and fell off of the bike.
Police say as the suspect hit the ground, he pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the officer. The officer then drew his service weapon and fired, striking the suspect. The suspect then got up and ran away on foot. A second officer, located at a restaurant nearby, heard the shot. That second officer then contacted the suspect just south of the scene. The suspect was later taken into custody with the assistance of police and the use of pepper spray.
The suspect, police say, was taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition.