Goodyear bank robber to remain in hospital multiple weeks after officer-involved shooting

Phoenix police said a Goodyear bank robbery suspect will remain in the hospital for at least two weeks following an officer-involved shooting on Interstate 10 New Year’s Eve.

Authorities continue to investigate the officer-involved shooting that occurred Dec. 31, 2018 on I-10 near 43rd Avenue.

The incident started when a suspect fled the scene of a robbery near Litchfield and McDowell roads in Goodyear.

Police and the Arizona Department of Public Safety followed the suspect vehicle along eastbound I-10 onto and around the Loop 101 Agua, down Interstate 17 and back onto I-10 westbound.

While on I-17, a spike strip was successful in disabling a tire. However, the suspect vehicle continued before a DPS vehicle spun it around on westbound I-10 near 43rd Avenue.

Phoenix police said Goodyear and DPS officials approached the suspect vehicle in attempt to arrest the suspect.

“On approach, a Goodyear officer saw that the suspect was pointing what appeared to be a gun at him,” police stated.

Police said the officer shot at the suspect, and two other Goodyear officers fired as well, striking the suspect.

The 34-year-old male suspect was taken to the hospital, last reported with life-threatening injuries.

Police will release his identity once he is booked into jail.

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