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Man shot after pointing gun at police officer in west Phoenix

The suspect was running away from police, he pointed a handgun to the officer and told the officer to shoot him, police say.

PHOENIX - A man was shot after trying to run away from police officers and pointing a gun at one of them early Sunday, police said.

Phoenix PD said an officer was patrolling the area of 35th Avenue and Camelback Road shortly after 1 a.m. when he noticed a suspicious vehicle with no license plate driving into a convenience store parking lot.

Police said the officer called for backup, but before more officers arrived, a woman got out of the vehicle and started walking away with a man westbound on the the south side of Camelback Road. 

When two other officers arrived, they attempted to contact them and the suspect started running eastbound on Camelback. One officer detained the woman and the other followed the suspect, police said.

The officer was chasing the suspect and noticed the man had a handgun. Police said the suspect pointed the gun at the officer.

The officer gave commands to the suspect to drop the gun and the suspect did not comply and told the officer to shoot him, police said.

Police said the suspect ran around the corner of a building in a business complex and the officer noticed a large group of people in the parking lot.

The officer was concerned about the safety of the people in the parking lot and fired at the suspect, police said.

Officers on scene administered first aid to the suspect before he was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, police said.

Police later learned that the suspect has an outstanding felony arrest warrant for violating probation and he’s a prohibited possessor.