GILBERT, Ariz. - A traffic stop turned deadly after a Gilbert Police officer opened fire, killing the man he pulled over.
The shooting happened around 9:30 a.m. Monday near Guadalupe and Val Vista Drive.
A Gilbert Police motorcycle officer pulled over a black Jeep SUV driven by 24-year-old Richard Tyler Young for speeding in a school zone.
Young pulled into a church parking lot and the officer proceeded with contacting the driver, and requesting identification.
Gilbert Police say while completing the citation the officer noticed movement in the vehicle and when he went to speak to the driver, Young put his vehicle in reverse toward the officer causing him to strike the officer knocking him to the ground. The driver then accelerated toward the officer who then opened fire.
The Jeep ended up traveling across Guadalupe Road and crashed into a wall. There were over half a dozen bullet holes in the front windshield of the Jeep.
"He called out he was making a traffic stop on the radio to the dispatcher, approximately 10 minutes later he got on the radio and said that shots had been fired," said Jesse Sanger.
What happened in those 10 minutes remains under investigation, the driver was the only person shot.
"The suspect had been struck, he is a white male suspect who was transported to a local hospital where unfortunately he did succumb to his injuries," said Sanger.
"When they call out on the radio, they just give a license plate and say they'll be out on a traffic stop," said Sanger.