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Officer-involved shooting: Two teens arrested

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An officer-involved shooting in the West Valley early Saturday morning ended in the arrest of two teens, according to Phoenix police.

The situation started in an Avondale neighborhood near 113th Avenue and Hadley Street.

At approximately 1:15 a.m., officers of the Phoenix Police Department's Targeted Enforcement Squad were in the area and saw a Ford Explorer filled with what they later discovered to be nine kids from 12 to 17 years old.

"While they were observing this particular Ford Explorer in the neighborhood, the passenger began firing from a handgun," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos.

"About 1 o'clock we heard a lot of car screeching and loud noise and then about 10 to 12 shots," said one neighbor who asked to remain anonymous.

Police said that the passenger was 14 years old and the 17-year-old driver took off after police attempted a traffic stop.

Officers started a pursuit and followed the vehicle to a dead end dirt road behind the Home Depot near Interstate 10 and Dysart Road. 

Police said the driver attempted to run through a chain-link fence which leads onto the access road to I-10.

The grandfather of the 17-year-old driver was at this scene looking at the damage Saturday.

"You can see by the tracks, he hit the fence and pushed everything forward," said the driver's grandfather.

This is when police said they fired at the 17-year-old.

"The vehicle began to back up and ram the police officers patrol vehicle," said Martos.

Police said the officer, fearing for his life, fired at the driver, but no one was hit and all the kids in the vehicle were detained.

Meanwhile, the driver's grandfather said his grandson was pretty beat up.

"He's got stitches in his eye, he's got bruises all over him," said the grandfather.

He said despite the allegations, his grandson's a good kid.

"Do you think he intentionally hit the officers? We asked.

"No way, he's not that kind of kid," he said.

Police said the driver of the car was charged with aggravated assault on an officer and the passenger was charged with unlawful discharge of a weapon.

The officer who fired at the car, according to Phoenix police, is 42 years old and has 12 years of service with the force.

No one was injured.

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