PHOENIX (AP) - A carjacking suspect was fatally shot by police Tuesday after officers rammed a stolen SUV to try to keep it from leaving an underground parking garage in the heart of downtown Phoenix.
The suspect, who was not immediately identified, had stolen an SUV at gunpoint in the garage after driving there in a vehicle he had stolen in northwest Phoenix, police Sgt. Trent Crump said.
Police had used a helicopter and unmarked vehicles to trail the suspect into downtown Phoenix after one of two occupants in the original stolen vehicle pointed a gun at pursuing officers, Crump said. The stolen vehicle then drove into a garage at CityScape, a high-rise commercial and office development near City Hall and several courthouses, where the carjacking occurred.
The second person in the stolen vehicle, Jessica Hicks, 23, was arrested. It was not immediately clear whether she was in the SUV when it was rammed.
Defense attorney Richard Gierloff said he was in his office in a nearby building when he heard at least one police vehicle slam into the SUV.
Gierloff said he stepped away from his office window after seeing a dozen officers with guns drawn. He said he then heard a shot.
The shooting and subsequent investigation slowed light rail service through downtown Phoenix. Because a street was closed, the system had to run trains in two directions on tracks that normally carry trains only one way.
The shooting occurred two weeks after a Phoenix police detective was fatally wounded and another detective was hurt in a shootout with a homicide suspect in west Phoenix.