Pictured: Suspect Jaime Longoria Valenzuela.
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Peoria Police Investigating Officer Involved Shooting


PEORIA – On the morning of January 17, a driver in a truck stolen from Mesa was involved in a head-on collision on 83rd Avenue near Thunderbird Road.  The driver was driving northbound in the southbound lanes, and the collision involved four vehicles, with one driver transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Witnesses say the suspect, identified as 24-year-old, Jaime Longoria Valenzuela, fled the scene of the accident on foot. Officers in the area quickly located him in the neighborhood near 80th Drive and west Wacker Road, and as the officer approached the suspect, he allegedly pointed a handgun at the officer and took off running. 

According to reports, the suspect ran through multiple back yards around 80th Drive and Thunderbird Road, several officers encountered him, and shots were exchanged.  One of the officers’ shot and hit the suspect in the leg, according to police reports.  Additional officers and paramedics responded, and the suspect was transported by ground to a local hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound No citizens and no officers were injured during the incident.

Valenzuela was released from the hospital, and will be transported to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s  4th Avenue Jail for processing.  Preliminary charges will include several aggravated assault charges, stolen vehicle, and leaving the scene of an accident, police said.

Although no students were involved, and the incident did not happen on school grounds, Centennial High School was briefly placed on lockdown until the suspect was detained as a precaution due to the proximity of the events to the campus.

Over the course of this incident, the Department of Public Safety and Glendale Police Department assisted with traffic direction and handling some calls for service.