KGUN 9NewsStatewide News


Phoenix police: Officer fatally shoots man who fired at him

Posted at 1:19 PM, Aug 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-31 16:19:35-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say an officer fatally shot a man who fired first at the officer after earlier ramming an occupied unmarked police vehicle during a pursuit.

According to police, 51-year-old Rene Enrique Ruiz was shot Friday as detectives tried to take him into custody in a homicide investigation.

Police say Ruiz rammed his vehicle into a police vehicle as police tried to stop him and that Ruiz then drove off to a location where his vehicle became disabled.

Police say Ruiz got out of his vehicle with a handgun and tried to steal another driver of his vehicle before a 39-year-old male officer intervened, leading to the fatal shooting.

No officers were injured.

No information was released about the homicide investigation.