Phoenix police investigate ninth officer-involved shooting this year

Phoenix police investigate ninth officer-involved shooting this year


A Phoenix police officer was in serious but stable condition Tuesday after a shooting around 10th South Street and Avenue.

A man died after being shot by another officer during a fight after the victim pulled out a gun and shot the wounded officer in the leg, police said.

The incident began around 2:55 a.m. on May 28 when two officers patrolling the area stopped a man on a bicycle for a traffic violation, according to a statement.

“The officer in the passenger seat got out to contact the man. The man immediately became combative. A fight broke out and the officer driving the Tahoe cruised around his vehicle to assist the first officer in detaining the suspect,” the statement read.

During the fight, the man pulled out a gun and fired, hitting one of the officers in the leg, police said, adding that the other officer returned fire and hit the man. The man, who was unarmed at the time, ran a short distance down Southern Avenue and was detained by arriving officers.

He died later in a hospital.

It was the ninth officer-involved shooting in 2024, according to the statement. There have been eight incidents in which officers were shot directly. In three of them, the agents were shot in the line of duty.

“This is indicative of the violence officers face every day protecting our community,” said interim Phoenix Police Chief Michael Sullivan.

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