In separate incidents last weekend, two men were killed by gunfire in Glendale.
On Friday, Oct. 11, Michael Cameron Lee, 30, was shot and killed outside his Utopia Road home. On Tuesday, Oct. 15, Michael William Ingram, 36, was arrested and charged with killing Lee.
In an unrelated incident early Sunday, Oct. 13, Levy Isaac Madueno Santibanez, 17, was shot and killed by Glendale Police.
Police say Santibanez first fired a handgun at an officer responding to a large “illegal party.”
Tiffany Ngalula, a spokeswoman for the Glendale Police, said at 2:44 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to reports of multiple shots fired on 68th Avenue, south of Northern Avenue on a street with auto repair shops and warehouses. The party was in a parking lot of an abandoned warehouse.
“The first officer arrived on scene and advised approximately 200 subjects (were) fleeing the area from an illegal party in the industrial district,” said Ngalula.
“The officer had just arrived when multiple people began firing. The officer engaged one of the subjects who was actively firing a handgun. That subject has been identified as 17-year-old as Levy Isaac Madueno Santibanez.
“The officer fired his department-issued rifle striking Santibanez. Officers rendered medical aid and performed lifesaving efforts, but Santibanez was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. The officer was not injured from the shooting and the Police Department at this time has not been made aware of any additional victims.”
Glendale Police have not released the name of the officer who shot and killed Santibanez.
According to Ngalula, evidence collected showed 60 rounds were fired at the party, with “confirmed rounds from Santibanez’s handgun, which was recovered from Santibanez’s person by officers.”
Several Valley television news stations have aired video from people who were at the party at the time of the shooting.
The Glendale Police Department asks anyone who took video or are witnesses to the officer-involved shooting to contact the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000.
Ngalula said another officer who arrived at the same incident was struck by a vehicle, “which initiated a pursuit.
“The vehicle was located with individuals inside but the driver and a passenger bailed out on foot. Officers checked the area but were not able to locate those individuals at this time.”
The officer who was struck by the vehicle received minor injuries and was treated, according to Ngalula.
In the Lee homicide, last Friday at 10:12 a.m. Glendale Police received a 911 call stating a neighbor heard multiple gunshots near 6900 W. Utopia Road. Patrol officers arrived on-scene and located Lee outside his residence. Lee was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Witnesses inside the residence advised the suspect was known to them and had come over uninvited and forced his way inside the home. According to police, Lee attempted to force the suspect out of the house. The suspect shot Lee with a handgun and fled the scene in his vehicle. Detectives responded and assumed the investigation.
Ingram was quickly identified as the suspect. Police arrested Ingram Tuesday and booked him on one count of second-degree homicide and possession of narcotic drugs.