Suspect killed after leading police on Valley-wide chase

By: 
DARRELL JACKSON, Glendale Star Staff Writer

Photos by Darrell Jackson

Police vehicles from Phoenix and Glendale are parked near the Nov. 13 shooting of an armed suspect.

A suspect who led police on a pursuit from Phoenix into Glendale was shot and killed after he pointed a gun at officers Nov. 13 in Glendale.
No officers or civilians were injured in the shooting.
At approximately 2:40 p.m. Nov. 13, officers responded to a call of an armed robbery of an undisclosed business near Thomas Road and 32nd Street in Phoenix.
When Phoenix officers arrived on scene, they said they witnessed the male suspect leaving the scene in a vehicle. Officers followed the suspect across the area, ending near Maryland and 67th avenues, where, eventually, the shooting occurred.
The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Timothy Odell Leon, was identified by police as the suspect in at least five armed robberies in the past week. Police said he crashed his vehicle near Maryland and 67th and the car came to rest under a parking structure.
Police said as Leon attempted to flee armed with a handgun, he did not comply with the officers’ commands. After the vehicle had crashed, three of the tactical officers from the Phoenix Police Department, fearing for their lives and those of the community, responded with lethal force after Leon pointed his gun at the officers, police said.
No officers or citizens were harmed during this incident. Leon succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced deceased at the scene, police said.
The incident marked the 40th shooting involving the Phoenix Police Department in 2018, and the 72nd involving a law enforcement agency in Maricopa County since January.
Glendale police assumed the investigation around 4 p.m. after the shooting and the incident is still under investigation.

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