Police shoot armored suspect during confrontation

Phoenix police say they were forced to open fire on a man they say was wearing a bullet proof vest and carrying a gun.

PHOENIX - Police officers in Phoenix shot an armed man in protective clothing Tuesday night.

The shooting took place near 37th and Van Buren streets around 7 p.m.

Police say there are no injuries to officers and the suspect is expected to survive.

According to a police spokesperson, officers confronted the armored man, who was holding a handgun but did not point it at them.

Police said the man continually tried to hide from officers behind cars and other objects as they followed him.

Eventually, he hid behind a police SUV and pointed the gun at officers, who shot at him, police said. He then went behind an electrical box and again pointed the gun and officers fired at him, hitting him.

Four officers in total shot at the suspect.

The suspect was taken into custody with the help of a police K9 and was taken to the hospital for surgery.

Some neighbors lost power after the shooting as it's believed some of the bullets damaged electrical equipment.

Van Buren Street was closed at 36th Street overnight for the investigation. Lanes in both directions reopened by 6:30 a.m. 

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