Another officer fired a round that hit the man in the leg.
A Phoenix police officer shot a man in the leg Sunday who jumped for his partner’s holstered weapon and was able to squeeze off a shot, police said.
The 23-year-old man, who was not identified, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Both officers sustained minor injuries, Sgt. Alan Pfohl with the Phoenix Police Department said.
Officers arrived in the neighborhood near 15th Avenue and Mohave Street at about 3:30 p.m. following a report from neighbors who said a man was going in and out of a vacant home, Pfohl said.
The two officers found a suspect in the back yard and were interviewing him when the man reached for one of the officer’s holsters and tried to pull the gun out. He was not able to free the gun, but was able to get his finger on the trigger and fire a round. The bullet struck the ground, Pfohl said. The 29-year-old officer was not struck.
The second officer, a 36-year-old, fired a round at the man, hitting him in the leg, Pfohl said.
The man tried to run from the scene, but the two officers grabbed him and arrested him.
Both officers involved have been with Phoenix police for just over a year, Pfohl said.
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