Phoenix police: Suspect dead following officer-involved shooting

PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- A suspect has died following an officer-involved shooting in Phoenix late Thursday afternoon.

According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson with Phoenix police, the incident began at around 3:00 p.m., near 33rd Avenue and Thomas Road, when a semi truck was stolen at gunpoint. The 46-year-old suspect directed the semi truck's driver out of the vehicle, while aiming a rifle at the person. The suspect then got into the vehicle, and drove it around the corner near 35th Avenue and Thomas Road.

The suspect, according to Sgt. Thompson, then got out of the semi, and began to pace back and forth outside of a residence in the area, with the rifle. Officers then responded to the scene, and as they approached the suspect, the suspect failed to obey commands. Officers, according to Sgt. Thompson, first used less-lethal force.

The suspect then reached for his waistband and turned away. An officer fired one shot from his rifle, striking the suspect.

The suspect was taken to a hospital where he later died. No officers were hurt.

Police have determined the weapon that suspect was in possession of was a replica long gun. In addition, several magazines, including an AR-15 magazine and several knives, were found to be either dropped by the suspect ot in his possession when he was taken into custody.

Based on Phoenix Police data released Wednesday, there have been 40 officer involved shootings in Phoenix so far in 2018, excluding this incident. This is almost double the number of officer involved shootings in 2017. That year, there were 21 officer involved shootings.

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