Man at Mountain Valley Park fired several rounds from a handgun, town police say.
A man who fired several rounds at Prescott Valley officers conducting an investigation at a park Wednesday night was injured after officers returned fire and struck him with a police car, police said.
The man, 33, is from Prescott Valley, said Sgt. Jason Kaufman, Prescott Valley police spokesman. He was reported to be in serious condition at a Phoenix hospital, Kaufman said.
Kaufman described the series of events in a statement released Thursday afternoon. While on foot patrol in Mountain Valley Park, police officers were looking for trespassers when they saw a man walking north by the skate park.
About 10:59 p.m., officers attempted to contact and identify the man near the 8300 block of Loos Drive. The man fired several rounds from a handgun at officers, Kaufman said.
The officers notified police dispatch and called for assistance. The suspect headed north and again fired in the direction of the officers, police said. An officer fired back at the man, Kaufman said.
Another officer arrived in a marked police vehicle, and as that officer attempted to identify the man, the man turned and fired in the direction of the police vehicle, Kaufman said.
The officer drove his vehicle into the man, who was then taken into custody, Kaufman said.
The suspect received medical treatment at the scene and was transported to a local hospital in Prescott Valley and then to a Phoenix-area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Kaufman said. It was not immediately clear if any of the officer’s shots had wounded the man.
Officers involved did not sustain serious injuries, Kaufman said.
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