One suspect dead, one arrested after firing shots at firefighters

MCSO says one suspect is dead and another has been taken into custody, both wanted for shooting at Phoenix firefighters during a burglary attempt at a station in Laveen Thursday night.

During a press conference on Monday afternoon, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said both men were targeted during separate raids on Friday.

An hour after a law enforcement briefing, 18-year-old Matthew Marquez was taken into custody without incident.

Hours later, authorities say the second suspect was shot during an incident with deputies that are part of the FBI's Violent Gang Task Force near 48th Street and Broadway Road. The FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force consists of members from various local law enforcement agencies.

Sheriff Penzone said officers approached the second suspect, 20-year-old Elijah Boatley, who was in his vehicle at a business. As officers approached and announced who they were, Boatley got out of the vehicle and brandished a weapon, according to authorities.

At that time, MCSO says both non-lethal and lethal force was used on the suspect.

No deputies were injured in the incident, and Boatley was taken to the hospital in critical condition but later died from his injuries.

Penzone said during their investigation, a toddler was discovered in Boatley's vehicle.

Multiple people who live nearby told ABC15 they heard at least four consecutive gunshots.

Boatley and Marquez were wanted after Phoenix Fire Department personnel of Station 58 near 51st Avenue and Dobbins Road noticed two men possibly breaking into one of their vehicles in the fenced station yard around 8:30 p.m.

Police say firefighters approached the suspects, but the men jumped a fence and ran. While fleeing, one of the men turned around and reportedly fired three shots at the firefighters. None of the firefighters were struck.

Phoenix police set up a perimeter and searched the area, but were unable to find the two suspects.



By: ThisIsButter (36236.30)

Tags: Cops, Arrest, Gun shop, Fire fighters, Firing

Location: Phoenix