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Phoenix officer shoots suspect at park

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A Phoenix Police officer shot and injured a 21-year-old man in a park overnight.

People living in the area say that park can be a dangerous place at night.

Marivue Park was busy with families and kids playing on Sunday.

Just hours before, the park, near 55th Avenue and Osborn, was crawling with police after an officer shot a man around 11:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Daniel Guzman was watching from his home nearby.

"That was pretty dramatic last night, it really was," said Guzman.

Police say the officers were investigating a loud party across from the park when they heard a gunshot.

Investigators say three men came running at them saying someone was shooting at them in the park.

A female officer and her partner took off after the alleged shooter.

"I saw somebody--chased by the cops," said Guzman.

The officer chased after the suspect, who ran deeper in to the park while ignoring her commands to stop.

He reportedly started fumbling with his waistband and she thought he had a gun, so she shot him in the leg.

"The sad part is, I wasn't surprised. That's the sad part," said Dominic Murphy.

Murphy lost his 16-year-old son in the same park last year.

Police say the teen was shot and killed by an 18-year-old trying to rob his little sister.

"He told the kid they didn't have any money. He didn't need a gun. In the process of telling him, he pulled the trigger, shot my son, killed him," said Murphy.

Guzman says he has a bullet hole in his home from a different shooting.

In last night's incident, police say a gun was not found on the alleged shooter, but in a trash can nearby.

"They need a security guard out there, like 24 hours. Somebody that's not scared to walk the park at night, patrol it. It's pretty dangerous," said Guzman.

The suspect is in the hospital where he had surgery for his injury.

Police say he admitted to having a gun, but said he only fired it in the ground.

No officers or witnesses were injured.

The investigation continues.

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