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1 suspect dead after Glendale officers respond to shots fired at illegal party

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PHOENIX — A suspect died and an officer suffered minor injuries early Sunday morning following an illegal party near an industrial district in Glendale, authorities said.

Officers responded to a shots fired call at a party near 68th and Northern avenues at about 2:45 a.m. and upon arrival, witnessed about 200 people fleeing, Glendale Officer Tiffany Ngalula said in an email.

Multiple suspects were shooting into the crowd, Ngalula said, and an officer returned fire and killed one of the suspects in possession of a firearm.

The officer fired his weapon four times at the suspect, a 17-year-old male, according to Ngalula.

That officer did not sustain injuries, according to Ngalula.

Another officer who was approaching a fleeing vehicle was struck by the vehicle and suffered minor injuries, Ngalula said.

Other officers pursued the vehicle, but the driver and passenger were able to escape on foot, Ngalula said.

More than 40 shell casings from at least five different firearms were recovered at the scene, according to Ngalula.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

It was second officer-involved shooting involving Glendale police and the 28th across the Phoenix area involving law enforcement this year.

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