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Reported by ABC 15

PHOENIX – A suspect wanted by police for a probation violation was shot and killed Wednesday after pulling out a gun in front of officers in Tempe, according to authorities.

A second man, who was with the suspect and caught in the crossfire, was also shot and taken to a local hospital where he died, police confirmed.

Officials said the U.S. Marshal Task Force initially tried to take Salvador Muna into custody on Tuesday, but were unsuccessful. On Wednesday, that task force went to a different location and found Muna.

Police said Muna hopped into a vehicle driven by his friend, Joaquin Hernandez, and fled eastbound on Baseline Road.

Witnesses said authorities conducted a maneuver to pin the suspects’ vehicle near the 48th Street intersection.

Authorities said Muna pulled out a gun, pointed it at officers and that’s when four officers, one from Tempe, one from Chandler and two from Mesa, opened fire. Witnesses reported hearing at least six shots. It is unclear at this time if Muna actually fired his weapon.

Police confirmed that Muna died at the scene. Authorities say Muna has various felony violations, including drug and weapons charges.

Hernandez was hurt in the crossfire and taken to a local hospital. He died a short time later.

Authorities said no officers were injured in the shooting.

Air15 video showed several vehicles, some appearing to be undercover police vehicles, crowded around several other vehicles near 48th Street and Baseline Road.

 

http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/south-phoenix/tempe-police-shoot-2-suspects-near-48th-street-and-baseline-condition-of-suspects-unknown

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