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Burglary suspect shot after pulling gun on Phoenix officer dies in hospital

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PHOENIX — A 58-year-old man shot by Phoenix police who said he’d pulled a gun on an officer, has died of his wounds, authorities said.

Police identified the man, suspected of burglarizing a house on the 3000 block of East Monte Vista Drive around 8 a.m. Sunday, as John Wussler.

He had lived at the house previously and returned to gather his belongings, Sgt. Alan Pfohl said in an email.

Wussler, who had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, fled on foot when officers arrived. He was spotted at an apartment complex about a quarter of a mile away.

When police caught up to him, a “physical fight” began, Pfohl said.

The officer drew his Taser. The suspect drew a handgun, prompting the policeman to do the same, Pfohl said.

The suspect was taken to a hospital in critical condition and underwent surgery.

The officer was not injured. A loaded gun was found on scene, police said.

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