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Man dead after shooting at Mesa police officers

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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013 2:21 pm

One man is dead after firing multiple rounds at several Mesa police officers Friday evening.

Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department said a man opened fire on seven Mesa police officers near 32nd Street and Greenway Road in Phoenix. The officers returned fire, as well as released a K9 Officer.

Martos said the suspect, who has not been identified, was declared dead on scene.

The incident began around 8 p.m. Friday after Mesa Police initially noticed a reportedly stolen 1997 Nissan Frontier driving through Mesa. Officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver failed to yield and fled.

The vehicle was reported stolen in Chandler, according to Martos.

The driver had two female passengers with him, whom he eventually dropped off early into the chase. Officers were able to detain both individuals.

Officers then followed the driver in unmarked vehicles through various Valley cities, including Mesa, Scottsdale and ultimately Phoenix.

The suspect left his vehicle in the parking lot of a Phoenix fast food restaurant near 32nd Street and Greenway where he was confronted by authorities.

The suspect began to run, but quickly turned to face the officers and began shooting.

Authorities have not released any information regarding the suspect's identity.

Mesa police officers were involved in a second shooting Friday evening near Central Avenue and Dobbins Road, according to Martos.

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