4
| News |

Phoenix Police Fatally Shoot Suspect. That's Two Shootings in Two Weeks -- This One Seems Justified

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

For the second time in just under two weeks, a Phoenix police officer fatally shot a man suspected of a crime.

Unlike the last shooting, where Officer Richard Chrisman inexplicably shot an unarmed domestic-violence suspect -- and his dog -- the officers involved in yesterday's early-morning shooting seem to have had reason to pull the trigger.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, officers tried to pull over a Yukon Denali around 1 a.m. yesterday.

Rather than stop the vehicle, the driver took off before crashing the SUV into the median near 67th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix.

The auto was disabled following the crash, but its two occupants got out and took off running.

At the time, an off-duty officer was in a nearby Quick Trip convenience store. He heard what was going on and joined in the pursuit.

The officers captured one of the suspects, an unidentified, 29-year-old Hispanic man, but the other suspect continued to run.

Officers told the man to stop -- which he did, right before he pulled a gun from his waistband.

The suspect pointed his gun at the officers. They did the same and fatally shot the suspect.

Both suspects, police believe, are undocumented, which is why police have been unable to positively identify them.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.