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By Lily Leung
The Arizona Republic

EL MIRAGE, Ariz. - El Mirage police late last week identified the man who pointed a gun at two officers after he was detained Thursday morning for questioning on a residential burglary.
Police said the person in question is 18-year-old Trevone Taylor, who was booked into jail on one count of aggravated assault on a police officer and two counts of burglary.
Though an officer fired at least one round, police reported, neither officers nor the suspect were hurt in the incident.
The officer who discharged his weapon is being identified as Sgt. Bill Whalen, said El Mirage Assistant Police Chief Bill Louis. Whalen has been with the El Mirage Police Department for 10 months, but has more than 25 years of law-enforcement experience in the state.
Louis, who was at the scene of the shooting, provided the following account of the incident:
It began when officers were called to a burglary in progress about 10:36 a.m. Thursday. A witness reported seeing someone kicking down the front door of a residence in the 12800 block of West Paradise Drive.
When officers arrived, they saw someone matching the description provided by the witness and made contact with him. Louis said the man was "initially cooperative with the officers," but as the officers began to pat down the suspect for weapons, he ran from them and pulled a handgun from his waistband.
Another officer arrived in the area, spotted the suspect and confronted him at the corner of 129th Avenue and Paradise Drive, commanding him to drop the gun.
The suspect raised his handgun, pointing it at the officer, and the officer fired at least one round at the suspect but missed. The suspect fled on foot into the neighborhood. Officers, who called on Surprise police for backup, set up a perimeter.
Within several minutes, they captured the suspect who police identified as Taylor, a Phoenix man. Officers located the suspect's weapon near the scene of the shooting.
Police reported that the suspect may have committed at least one other burglary in the same area earlier that day. During his interview with detectives, Taylor made statements referencing both burglaries.
Investigators are still trying to determine if the suspect is connected to several other residential burglaries that occurred in the same area over the past few days in which a burglar or burglars kicked down the front doors and stole electronics.

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