Video shows suspect ramming Scottsdale police before shooting

The driver of an SUV whom police shot Thursday in a Safeway parking lot near Hayden and Chaparral roads twice tried to ram his way out of a trap, based on surveillance video released Friday by the Scottsdale Police Department.

The man, wanted on suspicion of being part of an organized credit card fraud ring, remained in stable condition Friday at a hospital, said Sgt. Ben Hoster, a Scottsdale police spokesman. Authorities have yet to positively identify him.

His accused accomplices, Elbert Jonta Radcliff, Dantrice Sheliann Sanford and Shentada Shamone Smith have been charged with multiple crimes including identity theft and fraud, Hoster said. All three are Chicago residents.

Investigators had trailed a white Mercedes SUV to the parking lot at about 1 p.m. Thursday, Hoster said. They used vehicles to trap the SUV after Smith, 21, went inside the Safeway.

The surveillance video shows at least a half-dozen police vehicles converging on the SUV. Officers exit their vehicles and quickly approach the SUV, which the driver puts in reverse and slams into a police vehicle. Several seconds pass before the SUV pulls forward slightly. The driver then puts the SUV in reverse, and again rams a police vehicle.

Police fired at least four rounds from two different guns because they feared for their lives and others who were in the parking lot, Hoster said.

Investigators then arrested, Radcliff, 27 and Sanford, 23.

Safeway employee Vanessa Johnston said Thursday that an undercover officer arrested Smith immediately after shots were fired as the woman stood in the checkout line.

Emergency crews transported the driver to the hospital where he underwent surgery, Hoster said. No officers were injured in the incident.

David Lisandrelli, 62, visited the Safeway for business on Thursday and saw what happened from his parking space just west of where officers trapped the SUV. He said he saw police with weapons drawn and then heard them tell the suspects to put their hands up and get out of the car.

“It takes your breath away,” he said.

The investigation into the credit-card-fraud ring is ongoing, Hoster said.

12 News Reporter Joe Dana contributed to this story.

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