GLENDALE, AZ – A suspect that was reportedly armed with a wooden spear-like object was shot, non-fatally, by Glendale Police on the evening of January 30th.
While the investigation is still in the preliminary stages, officials say that the suspect rushed at officers with the fashioned weapon before being shot.
— Teri Hendricks (@sykrn86) January 31, 2021
According to officials, Glendale Police had responded to the area of 59th Ave in Hayward at roughly 5:30 p.m. after an individual was calling 911 saying that they wanted to, “light some people up,” and, “shoot cops,” while also proclaiming to have a gun.
When the first officer arrived on the scene, they had reportedly encountered a 23-year-old white male hoisting what appeared to be a homemade wooden spear that was about four feet in length with a sharpened point.
A statement from the Glendale Police regarding the first officer’s encounter with the suspect noted:
“An officer arrived on the scene and spotted an individual who was acting erratically. The individual was not only making threatening comments towards the officer, but the suspect was carrying what appears to be a homemade wooden spear-like object.”
While holding this spear, the suspect allegedly was making threats to the responding officer. By the time a second officer responded to the scene, the suspect was alleged to have started charging at the first officer and then redirected toward the second officer.
During the alleged rushing/lunging enacted by the suspect, one of the officers reportedly opened fire on the suspect.
No officers were said to have been injured during this incident, and the suspect was subsequently transferred to a local hospital for treatment and is expected to recover. Officers at the time were reportedly wearing body worn cameras, which said footage will be reviewed by officials.
GPD is working an OIS. The media staging location will be 57th Ave and Hayward Ave, just east. There was one suspect injured and that suspect was transported to a local hospital. Injuries are unknown. No officers were injured. No outstanding suspects. PIO will be there to brief.
— Glendale Police (@GlendaleAZPD) January 31, 2021
The identities of the officers involved, and the suspect, have not been released as of this time. Officials expect to have a more detailed report and updated information available on February 1st.
There have been no reports furnished noting what charges, if any, are being considered with respect to the suspect.
This is an ongoing investigation.
Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we gather further insight into this developing case.
In other news pertaining to Glendale Police, the GPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating an at-large homicide suspect.
According to officials, a 29-year-old woman was found after police responded to an “unknown trouble call” near 5600 N 62nd Ave on the afternoon of January 21st.
The female victim, later identified as Marissa Canedo-Gonzalez, had been stabbed numerous times and was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced deceased.
Upon investigating the homicide, officials say that the victim had gotten into some sort of argument with her 31-year-old fiancé, identified as Arnulfo Rivera-Jimenez. Witnesses say that Jimenez had stabbed Gonzalez several times before fleeing the residence.
Detectives are actively seeking Jimenez, who was last seen in the area of 51st Ave and Thomas driving a white, 2000 Chevy Silverado extended cab with an Arizona license plate reading APG2311.
The suspect was described as being approximately 5’8 and weighing in at about 200 pounds. As of this time investigators suspect he may have already fled to Mexico.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jimenez are urged to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO or the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000.
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Speaking of Arizona, we at Law Enforcement Today recently reported on the surge in gun sales that have been transpiring within the state.
Here’s that previous report.
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Background checks for gun purchases in Arizona reached their highest levels ever before during 2020. Experts said that these high numbers were driven by an unprecedented convergence of a pandemic, a summer of national unrest, and a presidential election.
— Kent Summers (@azroofer1) January 2, 2021
According to FBI data, through the end of November 2020, 610,911 background checks had been performed in Arizona, compared to the 372,912 background checks done in 2019.
Kelly Drane, research director at Giffords Law Center, a gun control advocacy group, said that Arizona’s spike is part of a nationwide increase. She has estimated that there was nearly a 90 percent increase in gun sales nationally from March to October 2020.
She said that early data has indicated that a “substantial number of these purchases were made by new gun owners.” Verrachart Murphy, owner of Ammo AZ, a Phoenix gun store, said that there has been a “huge uptick in first-time buyers.” He said:
“Between the election and COVID and shutdowns and riots, it was enough to get them off the couch and come in and actually make their first purchase. People that were kind of maybe on the fence about buying a gun.”
— Icon Digital Solutions – Small Business Growth (@icondigital) December 21, 2020
Murphy said that his biggest spike in sales came earlier in 2020 as COVID-19 began dominating the news. His store had a 400 percent increase in sales from January 2020 to February 2020. He attributed it to anxiety about a possible pandemic-related lockdown.
He said that sales remained relatively high and then there was another spike in sales over the summer when clashes between police officers and protesters were in the news headlines.
What Murphy said tracks with the FBI data, showing that Arizona had the highest number of background checks in March, with nearly 83,000, followed by June and July, each with 74,000 and 60,000 background checks.
— Gun Storage Solutions (@storemoreguns) January 3, 2021
Since getting into the gun business back in 2013, Murphy said he has seen similar spikes usually after active-shooter incidents or mass shootings. He said that before the 2016 presidential election sales jumped in anticipation of a win by Democrat Hilary Clinton.
Reportedly, sales then tapered off once gun-friendly President Donald Trump took office.
Sales through November 2020 were already 47 percent higher than in all of 2015, which had been the record for Arizona. Murphy said:
“It’s almost like the stock market, where something doesn’t actually have to happen to set off this market. It’s the threat of something or the potential that something happens that will trigger this market.”
Talking gun sales today, in Arizona more than 610,000 background checks have been performed in 2020, all of 2019 had only 372k. Thanks to @MMPGuns for talking with us about what had an effect on these rise in background checks and gun sales 🔫 pic.twitter.com/6qZUXUnRd7
— Juan U. Juarez (@UlisesJuarezTV) December 24, 2020
If Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden takes the office on January 20th, Murphy said he expects gun sales to stay high and he expects to double last year’s net sales. He said:
“I think this is going to be for the foreseeable future with Biden in office. We saw kind of the same thing with Obama in office.”
Murphy posted a then-President Barack Obama’s picture in his store as “Employee of the Month,” saying:
“That should give you kind of an idea of, of how everybody reacts to a Democratic controlled presidency.”
Murphy said people are “buying everything.” He said:
“It doesn’t matter, whatever you can get your hands on. People are literally buying everything, handguns, rifles, shotguns. Everything is going.”
Murphy called it a “hoarding mentality” and compared it to stocking up on toilet paper and hand sanitizer at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Drane reiterated that guns are not toilet paper.
Drane said that increased gun sales have coincided with increased gun violence in U.S. cities and more calls to domestic violence and suicide hotlines. She said that such correlations are well known from previous research, but may be more dangerous during the pandemic. She said:
“The risks posed by these new firearm purchases may be particularly severe when coupled with the risks for gun violence exacerbated by the pandemic, such as economic uncertainty, unemployment, and social isolation.”
“These conditions have historically been associated with increased suicide attempts and deaths.”
Murphy said the gun-buying he has seen has been a nonpartisan exercise with liberals in his store for the first time. He also said that his neighbor in Scottsdale who he called an “uber-liberal huge Biden supporter,” bought his first gun after the unrest there during the summer.
“The bottom line is if you do decide to purchase a gun, we encourage you to learn about and practice safe gun storage, which is a foundational part of being a responsible gun owner.”
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