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Armed robbery suspect in custody after barricade situation in Phoenix

Lorenzo M. Gonzales is accused of pointing a gun at Phoenix police officers during a barricade before an officer shot at him. He was not injured.
Credit: Phoenix PD

PHOENIX — A 22-year-old man is in custody after he was shot at by a Phoenix police officer after allegedly pointing his gun at the officer following a barricade situation and an alleged armed robbery on Thursday morning. 

Lorenzo M. Gonzales was booked into the Maricopa County jail on four counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault on a police officer, the Phoenix Police Department announced Friday. 

Officers responded to an armed robbery at a convenience store near Buckeye Road and Central Avenue around 7:30 a.m. 

The caller said the suspect robbed the store at gunpoint and had also robbed the store on a previous occasion, police said. 

At about the same time, other officers were responding to a home near Central Avenue and Hadley Street for a follow-up on a robbery suspect, police said. 

While they were on the scene, officers determined Gonzales' description matched the suspect from previous robberies, police said.

Police surveyed the house and tried to contact Gonzales, but police said he refused to exit, forcing a barricade situation. 

Around 11:30 a.m., police said Gonzales was seen at the front door armed with a gun. He then allegedly pointed the gun at the officers and an officer shot at Gonzales, police said.

After a few minutes, Gonzales left the house unarmed and was taken into custody. He was not injured. No police officers were injured. 

The officer involved was only identified as a 42-year-old man with 15 years of service.