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Phoenix police kill armed hit-and-run suspect

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The scene at  a Phoenix convenience store where the shooting happened was still taped off Sunday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News) The scene at a Phoenix convenience store where the shooting happened was still taped off Sunday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Three Phoenix police officers are on administrative leave in the wake of the deadly shooting. (Source: CBS 5 News) Three Phoenix police officers are on administrative leave in the wake of the deadly shooting. (Source: CBS 5 News)
The suspect is identified as Mauricio Herrera-Garcia. (Source: CBS 5 News) The suspect is identified as Mauricio Herrera-Garcia. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Officers and fire personnel administered first aid but the suspect died at the hospital. (Source: CBS 5 News) Officers and fire personnel administered first aid but the suspect died at the hospital. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A hit-and-run suspect was shot dead after he aimed a gun at Phoenix police officers near gas pumps at a convenience store, authorities said Sunday.

Officers and paramedics administered first aid but the suspect but the suspect, identified as Mauricio Herrera-Garcia, 39, later died at the hospital.

The three officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave while the case is under review by homicide Unit and the Professional Standards Bureau.

Herrera-Garcia was driving a Jeep Cherokee when he collided with a vehicle shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday near 4400 S. 6th Ave., Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said. The victim of the collision followed the Jeep and at some point Herrera-Garcia fired several shots out of the window into the air, Thompson said. 

The victim was able to obtain license plate information before Herrera-Garcia drove away.

Officers went to Herrera-Garcia's home near 3600 W. Mariposa and spotted him driving by. They tried to pull him over near 35th Avenue and Thomas but the vehicle would not stop.

At that point, the patrol officers let the Phoenix Police helicopter take over. Officers and supervisors of the Phoenix Police Department Special Assignments Unit joined the helicopter in the surveillance.

About 30 minutes later, at around 11:45 p.m., the Jeep pulled into a convenience store on the southwest corner of 35th Avenue and Camelback Road and stopped near the gas pumps.

The SWAT Team blocked Herrera-Garcia's vehicle with their cars and three officers moved in on foot from different directions to take the suspect into custody, Thompson said.

As officers approached, Herrera-Garcia removed a handgun from his waist, Thompson said. The officers ordered him to drop the gun but Herrera-Garcia aimed the gun at one of the officers, according to Thompson.

"At that point, all three SWAT officers recognized the deadly threat and fired simultaneously from different directions and the suspect fell to the ground," Thompson said.

A police dog was sent in and the suspect was taken into custody.

The officers involved in the shooting were not hurt. All of them have been with the Phoenix Police Department for a number of years. While their names were not released, all of them are in their 30s. 

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