PEORIA, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- Peoria Police officials say they are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened late Wednesday night.
According to a statement released Thursday afternoon, the incident happened at around 10:50 p.m. in the area of 83rd Avenue and West Cholla Street. The police officer involved in the shooting, identified as a Peoria Police sergeant, was conducting a traffic stop at the time.
Officials say based on preliminary information, the sergeant stopped a car on West Cholla Street, just west of North 83rd Avenue, for a traffic violation. The sergeant then approached the car, and during the encounter, the driver reached for a gun that was in his lap. The sergeant then fired at least one round, striking the suspect in the face. The suspect was then taken into custody by the sergeant. The sergeant also summoned medical aid.
The suspect, according to police officials, was then taken via ground transport, to a local hospital with serious injuries. The suspect is identified as a 23-year-old man from Peoria, and police officials say they will release his identity when he is released from the hospital and booked into jail. The sergeant involved in the incident was wearing a body camera that was activated during the incident.