Phoenix police shoot 2 teenage suspects during nighttime incident

Sep 14, 2020, 5:59 AM | Updated: 4:17 pm

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)

PHOENIX – Police in Phoenix said they shot two teenage vehicle theft suspects, who were hospitalized with serious injuries, on Sunday night.

The shooting near Metrocenter Mall happened around 9 p.m. Police said in an email the suspects allegedly tried to run over two officers who were approaching them on foot, prompting the officers to fire at the vehicle.

The boys, ages 16 and 15, were suspected of forcing a man out of his car at gunpoint at apartments close to Interstate 17 and Dunlap Avenue and then driving off in his car.

A two-man patrol unit found the vehicle stopped in traffic on 29th Avenue near North Metro Parkway, with the suspects inside. The officers standing in front of the vehicle ordered them not to move, Sgt. Maggie Cox said in the email.

The 15-year-old driver appeared to be following the command but then hit the accelerator, police said. Both officers fired at the vehicle, but the suspects managed to head south on 29th Avenue, police said.

Police pursued the vehicle until it stopped at 29th and Northern avenues. The passenger got out, but the driver initially stayed behind the wheel and did not comply with commands, police said.

After an officer handling a K-9 unit deployed pepper balls through the car’s window, the driver left the vehicle and was taken into custody, police said.

The 16-year-old suspect was released from the hospital Monday afternoon and was booked into a juvenile correction center for his involvement in the armed robbery, according to police. The 15-year-old remains in the hospital in critical condition but has stabilized.

No officers were injured.

It was the 13th shooting of the year involving Phoenix police, according to KTAR News research.

We want to hear from you.

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

Arizona News

Insomnia in the summer may be due to Arizona heat, doctor says...

Serena O'Sullivan

Struggling with insomnia? Arizona summer heat may be to blame, sleep expert says

Arizonans who are dealing with insomnia in the summer months can blame the heat, according to a sleep expert with Banner Health.

3 hours ago

The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office website is now offering a virtual tour of the Maricopa Coun...

Maricopa County Recorder’s Office website offers self-guided virtual tour of elections center

The Maricopa County Recorder's Office website is now offering a virtual tour of the downtown Phoenix elections center.

4 hours ago

Desert tortoises: Do not disturb, AZGFD warns the public...

Wildlife officials warn against disturbing wild desert tortoises

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) urges the public to keep desert tortoises wild.

4 hours ago

Banner Imaging and HeartFlow are collaborating to offer a new program to help new patients detect c...

Banner selected to test Medicare dementia care model

The model will work to increase care coordination and improve access to services and supports, which includes respite care, people living with dementia and their caregivers.

4 hours ago


Police investigating fatal overnight hit-and-run in central Phoenix

Phoenix PD responded to the area of 19th Avenue and Van Buren Street regarding a collision that involved a pedestrian.

11 hours ago

Pickleball paddle with ball laying on court...

Payne Moses

Chandler progressing toward construction of pickleball, tennis courts at Tumbleweed Park

Chandler City Council approved a construction services agreement to ignite a pickleball and tennis court project at Tumbleweed Park, the town entity recently announced.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinic visits boost student training & community health

Going to a Midwestern University Clinic can help make you feel good in more ways than one.



Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.


Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

Phoenix police shoot 2 teenage suspects during nighttime incident