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One man is dead and another man suffered life-threatening injuries following a Friday afternoon street fight in Glendale in which a suspect attempted to shoot an approaching officer, police said.
Glendale police Sgt. Scott Waite said the man fled the scene near 63rd and Missouri avenues after shooting another man at the fight and attempting to shoot at an officer who arrived at the scene.
The officer returned gunfire, but the man fled in a vehicle, Waite said. The man then crashed into a wall in front of a residence in the 5700 block of North 63rd Avenue, Waite said.
The man went into a backyard and was found dead with a gunshot wound, Waite said. It was not immediately clear whether the man’s wound resulted from the officer’s gunfire or a self-inflicted gunshot.
Detective Mark Coyle, another Glendale Police Department spokesman, said the officer was responding to an unrelated call when he saw four men fighting just after 3 p.m.
When the officer approached, Coyle said, a man drew a handgun and fired multiple shots, striking another man involved in the fight.
Coyle said the man fired shots in the officer’s direction and the officer fired a few rounds back as the man fled.
Another man who fled on foot was taken into custody and treated at a local hospital for minor injuries, Waite said.
Two other men involved in the fight remained at the scene, with one transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. The officer wasn’t injured, Coyle said.
Waite said Friday night that police are trying to determine whether “all parties are accounted for that were involved in the incident.”
Streets in the area were restricted Friday night as the investigation continued.
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