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PD: Officer shoots man trying to ram victims with SUV

As police were walking around outside the home, the man allegedly drove over a curb toward people gathered in the front yard.
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PHOENIX — Police identified the suspect they say tried running over several people in a yard early Christmas morning.

Police were called to an aggravated assault and domestic violence call around 1 a.m. at a home near 51st Avenue and Osborn Road on Friday, investigators said.

Police said the call described a 25-year-old man trying to run over the victim with his vehicle. The man, identified as Samuel Vasquez, allegedly rammed a parked van and drove off before police got there.  

As police were walking around outside the home, Vasquez allegedly drove over a curb toward people gathered in the front yard. 

One officer fired at Vasquez, "stopping the threat," police said. 

Vasquez was taken to the hospital for medical treatment. Vasquez was released and booked on multiple charges, police said Tuesday.

Credit: MCSO
Samuel Vasquez

There were no injuries to any officers or other community members. 

This investigation is ongoing.