Mariano Villegas

Mariano Villegas from a May 2 booking photograph.

Phoenix resident Mariano Villegas was shot by a Glendale police officer on May 3 and later died after police said he broke into a home at 59th and Northern avenues and barricaded himself in the garage, said Officer Tiffany Ngalula with the Glendale Police Department. 

The officer who discharged his weapon has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice in this situation. The investigation is ongoing. 

The incident began when patrol officers responded to a burglary alarm call. The alarm company also notified the homeowner, who contacted a family member to respond to check on the home. 

The family member arrived prior to police and located an unknown adult male inside of the property. Officers arrived on scene and could hear a car horn going off inside the garage. They located the suspect barricading himself inside a vehicle parked in the garage. The suspect shouted to officers they were going to have to shoot him. 

At about 9 a.m., the SWAT team and canine unit arrived at the residence to take over the scene. Negotiations were attempted for a peaceful surrender, Ngalula said. 

The suspect used a refrigerator to further attempt to block police from entering the garage. At 10:04 a.m., the immediate action team was sent to make contact at the rear window of the vehicle. The suspect jumped out of the vehicle and charged at the officers with hand tools.

The hand tools recovered near his body included screwdrivers and a cutting instrument. The team attempted to safely retreat, when one officer feared for the lives and safety of his team and discharged his firearm, striking the suspect. 

Immediate trauma first aid was provided, and Glendale Fire responded to assume medical treatment. The suspect was transported to a Valley hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. No officers were injured at the scene.