Armed robbery suspect dead after officer-involved shooting in Phoenix

Jan 11, 2019, 5:36 PM | Updated: Jan 16, 2019, 7:26 am
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PHOENIX — An armed robbery suspect who was shot early Friday by Phoenix police after they said he pulled a gun on officers during a traffic stop has died.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson said the man, 19-year-old Jacob Michael Harris, was suspected of robbing a fast food restaurant in Avondale.

Police eventually spotted the car near 91st Avenue and Camelback Road and pulled over the driver shortly after midnight. Three others were in the vehicle.

When the suspect got out, he pointed a handgun at police and headed in the direction of a convenience store that was open for business.

The officers fired. None of them were injured. They were later identified as 33-year-old Kristopher Bertz, a 12-year veteran, and 46-year-old David Norman, a 21-year veteran.

With the assistance of a K9, Harris was taken into custody. He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

The three other suspects, 20-year-old Jeremiah Lynn Triplett, 19-year-old Sariah Christine Busani and a 14-year-old male, were taken into custody.

All three were charged with 1st degree murder, due to the death of their accomplice, as well as armed robbery.

Triplett and Busani were booked into the Maricopa County Jail, while the 14-year-old suspect was detained at JCC.

It was the first officer-involved shooting of 2019 for the department. Last year, Phoenix recorded 44 officer-involved shootings, an agency high.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Armed robbery suspect dead after officer-involved shooting in Phoenix