PD: Kidnapping incident leads to officer-involved shooting

PD: Kidnapping incident leads to officer-involved shooting

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PHOENIX -

It was a busy weekend for law enforcement in the valley with three officer-involved shootings.  The latest one happened Sunday night.

Phoenix police responded to a call in the area of Thomas Road and 75th Avenue about a fight late Sunday night.  As an officer approached the area, he saw a suspect he believed to be involved in the fight running across Thomas Road.  The officer turned on his marked vehicle's emergency lights and contacted the suspect.

"The suspect almost immediately began to fight with the officer and attempted to remove the officer's handgun from his holster with both hands.  During the subsequent struggle, the officer gained control of his service weapon and fired at the suspect.  The suspect was struck and the officer, along with other arriving officers began rendering aid to the suspect," said Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix police.

The 34-year-old suspect was transported to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries.  The officer sustained minor injuries which didn't require medical attention.

Holmes says according to witnesses at the scene, the suspect was an alleged gang member out of California and he kidnapped and assaulted a 35-year-old woman over a period of several weeks.  "The fight at the home started after the suspect assaulted the victim once again and her family learned of the suspect's treatment of her."

"The woman's family was chasing the suspect when the officer saw the suspect running across Thomas Road," Holmes added.

During the investigation, Thomas Road, between 71st and 75th Avenue was shut down.

The extent of the victim's injuries is unknown at this time.

The suspect's name is being withheld pending identification verification and next of kin notification.

This is a developing story.  Stay with FOX 10 News for updates.

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