Glendale police Officer Scott Waite explains what happened during an early-morning police chase and shooting. Kelsey Mo/azcentral.com
A man shot dead by police in Glendale had been driving a vehicle used in an armed robbery Tuesday morning, officials said.
Police have not identified the man, whose vehicle they swarmed at 8:16 a.m. with marked and unmarked vehicles on Northern Avenue just shy of 43rd Avenue.
Officers tried to use a Taser on the man and other non-lethal means, but two police officers opened fire when they heard a shot go off in the car, authorities said.
The man, who was said to be in his 20s, died at the scene. No officers were injured.
Police said the vehicle he was driving was described by witnesses as having been used in the armed robbery of a convenience store at 6700 W. Bethany Home Road around 7 a.m.
A physical fight ensued at the convenience store, but no shots were fired. The suspect fled in a red SUV, police said.
Witnesses took down the license plate, and Phoenix police found both the suspect and the vehicle in the 6900 block of West Clarendon Avenue, where a chase began.
“Between ourselves (Glendale Police Department), Peoria Police Department and Phoenix Police Department, we were able to get behind the vehicle,” Glendale police Sgt. Scott Waite said. “It obviously bled through several different cities, and it ended here at 43rd and Northern.”
Mike Yancy, an eyewitness at the intersection, said he heard police yelling and “a lot” of gunshots.
“I looked over there, and I see the cars at an angle and thought there was an accident,” Yancy said. “All of the sudden, I hear a police officer yelling.”
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