Man who allegedly shot at Glendale police after reckless driving arrested

Jul 13, 2021, 4:29 PM | Updated: Jul 14, 2021, 3:08 pm

PHOENIX — A 24-year-old man who exchanged gunfire with Glendale police officers after driving recklessly was arrested Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

The suspect was identified Wednesday as Gabino Hernandez, 24, of Glendale.

The incident occurred just after 3 p.m. near Bethany Home Road and 83rd Avenue when an officer who had just got off duty observed a vehicle driving recklessly before hitting a curb, street sign and street light, the Glendale Police Department said.

The officer called 911 to report the collision and followed the vehicle near the canal where the driver got out of the car while it was still in motion.

After being confronted by police, the suspect allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired multiple rounds at an officer who in return shot back at the man.

Neither Hernandez nor the officers were hit during the exchange of gunfire, police said.

He took off on foot and stole a bike from a nearby park and left the area, police said.

Hernandez was found and taken into custody and booked into jail on a charge of aggravated assault after a caller reported seeing him, police said. Other charges could be added, police said.

It was the fifth shooting of the year involving the Glendale Police Department and 31st overall by Valley law enforcement, according to KTAR News 92.3 FM research.

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Man who allegedly shot at Glendale police after reckless driving arrested