ARIZONA NEWS

Suspect dead following shooting incident with Phoenix police

Apr 28, 2020, 11:43 AM | Updated: Apr 29, 2020, 12:50 pm
Phoenix police...
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)

PHOENIX — A suspect died Tuesday after a shooting incident involving Phoenix police officers in the West Valley, authorities said.

He was identified the next day as 32-year-old Robert Musser.

The shooting took place in Buckeye near Broadway and Watson roads, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

The 32-year-old man is a convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms, Sgt. Maggie Cox said in a Facebook video.

He was under surveillance as a suspect in a home invasion, Cox said.

Police tried to stop him near 43rd and Orangewood avenues in west Phoenix, and he allegedly hijacked a rideshare vehicle at gunpoint and fled.

A police air unit tracked the suspect to the Buckeye location, where two police vehicles trapped him.

“As the officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, the suspect fired upon our officers and the officers returned fire,” Cox said.

The suspect was fatally wounded from shots fired by two veteran officers in the Special Assignment Unit, authorities said.

Buckeye Fire personnel then transported the suspect to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

No officers were injured or bystanders were injured.

One of the officers who fired was a 48-year-old man, and the other was a 53-year-old man. They’ve been on the force a combined 53 years.

It was the fifth shooting involving Phoenix police officers in 2020, and 18th involving law enforcement across the Valley, according to statistics compiled by KTAR News 92.3 FM.

On Monday, three Chandler police officers were shot in related incidents. The suspect in those shootings was arrested after he barricaded himself inside a home for hours and then allegedly set the house on fire.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Francisco Gurrola (Department of Public Safety Photo)...
KTAR.com

Silver Alert issued for 41-year-old man last seen in Phoenix

A silver alert was issued on Tuesday evening for a 41-year-old man last seen in the area of Campbell and 63rd avenues in Phoenix.
21 hours ago
President Biden gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress at the U.S....
KTAR.com

Watch: President Joe Biden gives 2nd State of Union address

President Joe Biden gave his second State of the Union address in office to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol on Tuesday night.
21 hours ago
From left, Kendall Schmidt, Carlos Pena Jr., Logan Henderson and James Maslow, members of Big Time ...
Wills Rice

Big Time Rush’s ‘Can’t Get Enough Tour’ comes to Phoenix in August

For those that grew up with the Nickelodeon television show Big Time Rush, you are in for a big treat when their tour comes to town.
21 hours ago
U.S. Department of 
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas addresses the media during a ...
KTAR.com

Homeland Sec. Mayorkas says there is no credible threat against Super Bowl in Arizona

An increased security presence will be deployed at the Super Bowl, with every person, piece of merchandise and equipment screened.
21 hours ago
(Screenshot/Cox Communications)...
KTAR.com

Cox opens up free WiFi connections around metro Phoenix for big February crowds

Cox Communications has launched free WiFi connections around metro Phoenix for the crowds settling in for big upcoming local events.
21 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Peoria Unified School District) Follow @KTAR923...
KTAR.com

Arizona House votes to lift aggregate expenditure limit for public schools

The Arizona House voted Tuesday to lift the aggregate expenditure limit, a step toward avoiding massive budget cuts to Arizona public schools.
21 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Company looking for oldest air conditioner and wants to reward homeowner with new one

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.
(Desert Institute for Spine Care photo)...
DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Why DISC is world renowned for back and neck pain treatments

Fifty percent of Americans and 90% of people at least 50 years old have some level of degenerative disc disease.
(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
Suspect dead following shooting incident with Phoenix police