A shocking video has emerged out of Phoenix, Arizona, where a thieving thug thought it would be a good idea to pull a fake gun on the cops after carjacking an innocent victim. Now, the clip has gone viral after the cops gave the punk a horrific surprise in the form of brutal instant justice, teaching him a much-needed lesson the hard way. Even more shockingly, it was a little boy who captured their response on video.
According to local news source Fox10, the incident happened at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, near 48th Street and Broadway Road when a carjacker stole a produce truck and collided with other vehicles in an attempt to get away. Phoenix police Sgt. Jonathan Howard said the suspect is a 31-year-old man but did not release his identity.
Sgt. Howard did relay that the two drivers, who the suspect hit during his attempted escape, chased him down in their vehicles. “They followed him southbound on 48th Street, and then they were westbound on Southern Avenue,” said Howard.
The suspect and two victims ended up at the intersection of 32nd Street and Southern. The light at that intersection was red, but Howard says the suspect ran the red light and drove straight into the intersection, where he struck a van. The driver of that van had minor injuries.
“During that collision, the produce truck turned over on its side,” Howard explained. A 10-year-old boy who heard the crash from his apartment ran outside to investigate and recorded part of the incident on his cellphone. Later, the boy and his grandmother were interviewed by Arizona Family.
“The cops started yelling at the dude to get out of the truck and then he wouldn’t get out of the truck, so they started taking cover behind things,” said the boy, who was nervous while recording. “I was scared first, and then, I calmed down and walked back home.”
The boy’s grandmother, Pamela Moore, didn’t go to the scene and was shocked when she learned that her grandson had been witness to the incident. “I’m so glad he’s OK,” she said. “I don’t want my kids to ever have to witness things like this, but now, more often, it’s a part of life.”
After the crash, the suspect jumped into the car of one good Samaritan who had stopped to help. Luckily, that person had taken the keys out of their vehicle, and the suspect could not escape. Sgt. Howard praised the good Samaritan. “In an emergency, this man had his wits about him,” said Howard.
Officers who were close by heard people yelling at the suspect to exit the vehicle which he had just tried to steal. This is when responding officers engaged the suspect in conversation and tried to talk him into surrendering peacefully. Instead, the thug jumped out of the vehicle with a handgun and pointed it at the officers.
One officer shot the suspect as he stumbled to the ground where he was finally subdued. “During conversations with this man, through the closed door, he suddenly jumped out with a handgun,” said Howard. “One officer fired his handgun. That suspect was struck. He has been taken to a local hospital. I’ve been told the most recent update is that his injuries are not life-threatening,” Howard added.
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After he is released from the hospital, the suspect will pay for his criminal behavior. The officer who shot him is 49-years-old and has 25 years of experience. That officer was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure after an officer fires his or her weapon. No officers were hurt during the incident.
Thanks to this young boy’s video evidence, the investigation into the officer’s actions should be a short one. This is one time when the instinct to record an incident as it unfolds should be praised. This kid likely saved this officer, the department, and law enforcement from across the county the liberal backlash that often ensues after someone is shot wielding a “fake” or replica firearm rather than a real one.
Law enforcement officers around the country continue to deal with violent criminals like this every day, risking their lives to keep Americans safe and the rule of law enforced. Next time you see an officer in public, be sure to thank them for their tremendous service to your community and your family.