Daniel Canales Avondale police officers

After following him in a stolen car to Goodyear, Avondale police officers shot and killed Daniel Canales Jr. Jan. 17. The family of the victim say he did not have a weapon.

Daniel Canales Jr., an Avondale man suspected of car theft, was shot and killed by an Avondale police officer in Goodyear Sunday, Jan. 17.

His family members are outraged, claiming they were told by a Glendale Police Department detective Canales was not armed with a weapon.

Though she acknowledged her brother-in-law had previous car theft convictions, “He was a nonviolent offender,” Michele Canales said.

“We don’t believe at all Danny was going to hurt anybody,” she said. 

According to Lauren Evans of the Avondale PD, “Officers followed a suspect in a stolen car to a Walgreens at Estrella Mountain Ranch. When officers attempted to apprehend the suspect, there was a confrontation and the suspect was shot. He was transported to a hospital where he later died. No other injuries are reported.”

The suspect was later identified as Daniel Canales Jr.

Evans would not provide any details, including the number of officers who fired weapons and if they had been placed on administrative leave.

“No other information is available at this time, since the case is still under investigation,” Evans said. 

The Glendale Police Department, which is conducting an investigation, did not respond  to questions from the West Valley View.

Michele Canales said her family would like anyone who has information on the incident to contact them via email at dannysrights@gmail.com.

She said Daniel Canales Jr. was 31 and trying to get his life in order after spending a decade in prison.

“He’s leaving behind two children, an infant and a teenager,” she said. 

She said he lost a construction job during the pandemic. “With these hard times, it hit him financially,” she said.

Though she was not disputing that her brother-in-law stole a car, Michele Canales said she can’t understand why police shot him, as she believes he was running away from them.

“He was never violent,” she said. “The police knew him as a runner.”