PEORIA, Ariz. (KSAZ) - A five-car crash ended with a driver on the run, and officers opening fire Wednesday.
According to the Peoria Police Department, the shooting happened near 79th Avenue and Thunderbird Road.
#ALERT @PeoriaAzPS involved in officer involved shooting in the area 7900 W Thunderbird Ave, no Officers injured. Roadways restricted avoid area. Media staging 79th Ave south of Wacker, approach from Cactus. #peoriaaz #peoriapoliceaz pic.twitter.com/ZbiepY692a— Peoria Police (AZ) (@PeoriaAzPS) January 17, 2018
No officers were injured in the shooting.
Police shoot man in Peoria they believe stole car, got in 5-car wreck, fled on foot, shot at two officers before he was shot. Injuries not life-threatening. Moral: don’t steal car and shoot at cops.#fox10phoenix pic.twitter.com/wCjnp3O6A4— Steve Krafft Fox 10 (@SKrafftFox10) January 17, 2018
The incident happened at around 7:30 a.m., and an extensive investigation is underway, with Peoria Police, SWAT, and Glendale Police helping out. The suspect, identified by Peoria Police Wednesday afternoon as 24-year-old Jaime Longoria Valenzuela, was the only one injured.
According to a Peoria Police Department statement released Wednesday afternoon, Valenzuela, who was reportedly driving a pickup truck stolen out of Mesa, was involved in a head-on crash on 83rd Avenue, between West Sweetwater Avenue and Thunderbird Road. One driver in the crash was taken to the hospital, with non-life threatening injuries.
Valenzuela, police said, fled the scene on foot, and was found by officers in the area of 80th Drive and West Wacker Road. As the officer approached Valenzuela, police said he pointed a handgun at the officer, and took off running. Shots were later exchanged, and police said it appears one of the officers' shots hit Valenzuela in the leg.
Police said the incident resulted in Centennial High School being put on lockdown, as a precaution. No students, according to police, were involved, and the incident did not happen on school grounds.
Valenzuela, according to police, is facing multiple charges of aggravated assault, stolen vehicle, and leaving the scene of an accident.