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One dead, one injured following gunfire exchange with Phoenix police

(Facebook Photo/City of Phoenix Police Department)

PHOENIX — One person has died and another has been injured following an officer-involved shooting near 16th and Portland streets in Phoenix.

At approximately 3:15 a.m. on Sunday, Phoenix police officers came across a “group of juveniles or young adults that were drinking beer and walking in the street,” according to Phoenix Police Department’s Public Information Officer Sergeant Vince Lewis.

Officers were in the area for an unrelated investigation when one of the subjects threw a bottle at a passing car.

As officers approached the group in an attempt to make contact, all suspects dispersed in opposite directions.

One suspect was believed to be armed and exchanged gunfire with the officer that followed him near 14th Street and Portland.

During the exchange, the suspect was hit by gunfire.

The suspect then fled and jumped onto the Interstate 10 off-ramp at 16th Street, where he tried opening the doors to a waiting vehicle.

The suspect collapsed on the road with a firearm in his possession. Life-saving measures were used, but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was identified Monday as 17-year-old Robert Rabago.

Following the search of the area, one juvenile subject was taken into custody after a K-9 and taser were deployed. He was treated and released from a local hospital before being taken to police headquarters.

Two other juvenile suspects were also detained, and a second firearm was located at the scene.

The officers involved in the shooting were identified Thursday as Officer Risa Magnuson, who has 1½ years of service, and Lt. Greg Westover, who has been on the force for 17 years.

No officers were wearing body-worn cameras at the time of the shooting.

It was the eighth officer-involved shooting in Phoenix in 2019. All of the shootings have been fatal.

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