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Burglary suspect dies after being shot by officer in Glendale

Police said the burglary suspect allegedly charged at officers with hand tools after barricading himself in the home's garage, leading to the shooting.
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Glendale Police said the burglary suspect shot by a police officer on Monday as died. 

Police on Monday said officers were called to a burglary in progress at a residence and the suspect barricaded himself before an officer-involved shooting happened later.

According to authorities, officers responded to the residential burglary in progress just after 8 a.m. at a home near 59th and Northern avenues. An alarm company notified the homeowner and the homeowner called police.

Glendale PD says when officers arrived they found the suspect in the garage area, he allegedly told police they were going to have to shoot him as he barricaded himself with a refrigerator and was inside a vehicle.

SWAT arrived and attempted negotiations for him to surrender. Just after 10 a.m., SWAT officers moved toward the vehicle. The suspect allegedly jumped out with hand tools and charged at officers. Police say one officer feared for him life and shot the suspect.

Police said the hand tools near his body were screwdrivers, a cutting instrument, and other hand tools.

Glendale Fire arrived to transport the suspect to the hospital with life threatening injuries where he died. The man killed was identified as 45-year-old Mariano Villegas, of Phoenix.  

No officers were injured.

The officer who shot the suspect has been placed on administrative leave as is procedure. 

This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for updates.