Suspect shot by officers after refusing to drop gun, marking 10th police shooting in 2023
PHOENIX - No officers were hurt and a suspect is in custody after an officer-involved shooting broke out in west Phoenix on Tuesday night.
The incident began after police were called to a home near 67th Avenue and Camelback Road for reports of a family fight.
The 911 caller said a relative was acting erratically and had a handgun, officials said. The man left before police arrived.
While on scene, officers heard several gunshots from a nearby convenience store and found a man who was shot. That man was taken to a hospital in critical condition. His relationship to the shooter is unknown.
The search for the suspect continued until he was eventually found near 67th Avenue and Mariposa Street. Police say he refused to drop the handgun, and that's when officers opened fire in his direction.
"The man was not hit by any rounds that the officers shot," said Sgt. Rob Scherer with Phoenix PD.
The suspect dropped the gun and tried to run away, but he was hit with a stun gun and arrested.
The suspected shooter was hospitalized as a precaution and will be booked for several charges upon his release.
This shooting marks the 10th shooting involving Phoenix Police officers for 2023. The 10 shootings includes a shooting in Tempe that involved a Phoenix Police officer, and a shooting that involved a Phoenix Police officer who was, according to officials, "working in an off-duty capacity in full uniform."
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