Glendale officers avoid injury after vehicle drives through scene of fatal shooting

Joshua Juarez (Glendale PD)

A man is dead after he was found with gunshot wounds in his vehicle in Glendale.

In addition, three Glendale officers avoided injury when a vehicle drove through the homicide scene, striking an occupied patrol vehicle.

Glendale police said Joshua Jose Miguel Juarez, 29, of Glendale was found dead with gunshot wounds in the driver’s seat of his car around 9:45 p.m. Saturday near 67th and Glendale avenues.

Police said the shooting is not believed to have stemmed from road rage.

Police remained at the scene until well after 3 a.m. Sunday. Around 3:50 a.m., numerous on-duty officers were in the roadway investigating with an occupied patrol vehicle blocking the eastbound lanes of Glendale Avenue.

However, a vehicle traveling eastbound on Glendale Avenue passed the patrol vehicle, striking it in the process and causing significant damage, records state. The vehicle continued in the direction of the homicide scene, with other officers, patrol vehicles and the victim vehicle in the roadway.

Fortunately, the intruding vehicle did not hit anyone else, with two officers running onto the sidewalk.

Two other patrol vehicles pursued the fleeing vehicle towards 58th Avenue. At that street, the vehicle stopped and the driver was arrested after multiple commands to exit. Records indicate “less lethal munitions were deployed” into the vehicle prior to the driver exiting.

Police identified the driver as Noel Estrada, 25, of Phoenix. Records indicate Mr. Estrada had a breath test with blood alcohol content results of 0.205 and 0.203, more than two times the legal limit in Arizona.

Mr. Estrada denied having any recollection of the collision, driving through the crime scene of fleeing from police.

He is being charged with aggravated assault, endangerment, unlawful flight and DUI.

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate the shooting death of Mr. Juarez. Anyone with information on the incident can call 623-930-3000 or 480-948-6377.

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