Suspect fatally shot after firing at Glendale officer, police say

Jul 6, 2023, 10:07 PM | Updated: Jul 7, 2023, 2:53 pm

Anthony Jay Rios, Jr. of Glendale, AZ...

(Glendale Police Dept. photo)

(Glendale Police Dept. photo)

PHOENIX — A suspect is dead after an officer-involved shooting Thursday evening in the area of 53rd and Maryland avenues in Glendale.

Police identified him as 21-year-old Anthony Jay Rios, Jr. in a Friday news release.

Rick Hernandez, a sergeant with the Surprise Police Department, which is also investigating the incident, said it started after 5 p.m. with a two-vehicle crash.

After Rios’ pickup truck crashed into an SUV with a father and two young children, Rios fled from his car and ran away on foot, police said.

“A Glendale police officer in the area began searching for the individual who ran from the scene of the accident,” Hernandez told KTAR News 92.3 FM. 

“While searching a nearby alleyway, the officer heard a commotion and gave verbal instructions for the individual to surrender.”

Instead of complying, Rios fired several rounds from his hiding spot in a bush, Hernandez said. The officer, who has spent eight years on the police force, returned fire.

A bullet struck Rios and he died on the scene, according to Hernandez.

The officer was not injured in the shooting and no one else was injured in the area. The family inside the SUV during the initial incident weren’t seriously injured.

The officer has been placed on leave due to standard procedure when an officer is involved in this type of shooting, Hernandez said.

We want to hear from you.

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

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo)...

Associated Press

Pilot killed in small plane crash near Eloy Municipal Airport

A pilot has been killed in a small plane crash in a vacant lot near Eloy Municipal Airport, about halfway between Phoenix and Tucson, police said.

8 hours ago

Firebird Motorsports Park....

Chandler racing complex renamed Firebird Motorsports Park

Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler has a new name -- Firebird Motorsports Park.

10 hours ago

Pamela Andrews...

Silver Alert canceled after 68-year-old woman located

The Mesa Police Department canceled a Silver Alert on Saturday after locating Pamela Andrew, the Arizona Department of Safety says.

10 hours ago

Silver Alert...

Silver Alert canceled after 81-year-old found dead

John Saler, an 81-year-old who went missing in Tonopah on Wednesday, was found deceased, authorities said Saturday.

12 hours ago

Southwest Human Development...

New Head Start early education center set to open in Phoenix

Southwest Human Development will host an open house for a new Head Start campus in Phoenix next week.

14 hours ago

caution tape...

Woman charged with murdering her husband in west Valley home

A woman is behind bars for allegedly murdering her husband in their west Valley home, according to police.

16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @iamdamonallred...

Avoid a potential emergency and get your home’s heating and furnace safety checked

With the weather getting colder throughout the Valley, the best time to make sure your heating is all up to date is now. 

Follow @KTAR923...

The best ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day and give back to the community

Veterans Day is fast approaching and there's no better way to support our veterans than to donate to the Military Assistance Mission.

Follow @KTAR923...

West Hunsaker at Morris Hall supports Make-A-Wish Foundation in Arizona

KTAR's Community Spotlight this month focuses on Morris Hall and its commitment to supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Arizona.

Suspect fatally shot after firing at Glendale officer, police say