Christopher Cuevas, a burglary suspect shot and killed by a Glendale police officer three days before Christmas, was released from prison four days earlier.
According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, Cuevas was at the state prison in Kingman from March 2018 until his “community supervision” release Dec. 18, 2020.
He served more than half of a three-and-a-half year sentence for vehicle theft.
Cuevas, who was 45, was previously sentenced to a total of 14 years in prison for another vehicle theft, robbery and theft charges.
His previous convictions were in 1994 and 2007.
According to Tiffany Ngalula, a police spokeswoman, an officer responded to a burglary alarm around 4:30 a.m. Dec. 22 on 59th Lane near 59th and Northern avenues, a few blocks from Downtown Glendale.
She said Cuevas jumped over a backyard fence and attempted to flee from the officer.
“The officer confronted the suspect in the street where the adult male suspect had a large, 2- to 3-foot long solid metal bar in his hand and came at the officer,” she said.
Ngalula said the officer, a two-year veteran, shot the suspect.
She said other officers responding to the scene provided first aid before Glendale paramedics arrive.
“The Glendale Fire Department pronounced the man dead on the scene,” Ngalula said.
She said the investigation is continuing with the officer who shot the suspect placed on administrative leave “as standard process.”
“We will review the officer’s body-worn camera to determine what happened,” Ngalula said.