LENDALE, Ariz. – The suspect in an officer-involved shooting in Glendale Thursday morning has died, according to police.
The 43-year-old man was pronounced dead at a local hospital, where he
was transported with life-threatening injuries earlier in the day,
Glendale police said.
The shooting occurred at approximately 10 a.m. in the parking lot of a shopping center at Thunderbird Road and 59th Avenue.
The Glendale Police Department's Wanted Fugitive Task Force, which
includes two U.S. marshals, was attempting to contact the man, who was
wanted on a felony warrant.
Police have not disclosed details about the warrant, but said the
suspect has been under investigation by the department's fraud and
forgery detectives for a separate case.
"This was a planned operation," said Glendale police spokeswoman Officer Tracey Breeden.
The operation took an unexpected turn when the suspect allegedly tried to escape arrest.
The man's blue pickup truck was boxed in by undercover law enforcement
cars in the parking lot. Breeden said he then started ramming vehicles
in an attempt to get away.
Breeden said there was a "perceived threat" and officers opened fire.
Roger Pippins and his girlfriend witnessed the shooting, and he recorded the sound of gunfire on his cell phone.
He said he heard a barrage of gunfire and saw smoke pouring from the suspect's truck as he apparently tried to accelerate.
"At one point in time, you hear them say, 'Target still moving, target
still moving,' " Pippins recalled. "That's when you see in the video the
car will start up again, burn out, and then that's it."
Pippins said he had also seen the truck move forward and reverse, striking a law enforcement vehicle.
Pippins said the task force members "did an awesome job" in handling the
situation, but he wondered why they chose to make the arrest in a busy
"If you let them flee, there's a chance they're going to get away and
there's a chance they may harm somebody in fleeing," Breeden said. "You
have to take that into consideration."
Breeden explained that the area of the parking lot where the shooting
occurred was not very busy at the time. Some civilian cars were parked
nearby, but no bystanders were injured, she said.
Officers were also unharmed.
As of Thursday afternoon, Glendale police determined only one of its
detectives fired a weapon. However, police said the actual number of
shooters cannot be confirmed until the U.S. marshals who were involved
are interviewed by detectives Monday.
The Glendale police detective will be placed on administrative leave,
which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.
Police have not said how many shots were fired, but 15 bullet holes were counted on the pickup truck's windshield.
Witnesses said it was difficult to count how many shots they heard because so many were fired in rapid succession.
"I was just getting done getting my hair cut and I heard a pop, pop, pop
and then a short break and then another pop, pop, pop, and I told the
lady we have to get out of here I think there's a shooting going on," a
The name of the suspect has not been released.
The investigation is ongoing.
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