Phoenix Officer Ambushed, Shot, Is Able To Take Down Gunman

A Phoenix police officer was critically injured when a suspect opened fire during a traffic stop on Thursday night.

Phoenix, AZ – A Phoenix police officer who was shot during a traffic stop on Thursday night has been stabilized, and is breathing on his own, officials said Friday morning.

The unnamed officer, who has been with the department for approximately 18 months, was able to return fire during the encounter, critically wounding the suspect, Phoenix Police Sergeant Mercedes Fortune said, according to The Arizona Republic.

The incident occurred at approximately 8 p.m. near the intersection of Cactus and Cave Creek roads, Sgt. Fortune recounted.

Initially, the unnamed suspect failed to pull over for the officer, who was driving a marked patrol vehicle, KTVK reported.

The driver finally stopped, and fired at least two rounds at the officer as he was exiting his patrol vehicle.

The officer immediately returned fire, hitting the suspect.

Sgt. Fortune was unable to confirm how many times the officer or his assailant had been shot. Both were rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, The Arizona Republic reported.

The officer was taken into surgery, and was listed in stable condition on Friday morning, KNXV reported.

Police did not provide an update on the suspect’s condition at that time.

There were no other suspects in the altercation.

“In my opinion, I believe [the officer] was ambushed,” Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said during a press conference outside the hospital on Thursday night, according to The Arizona Republic. "They don't know when they make a traffic stop what's going to happen in that traffic stop. But at the same time, day in and day out, they get up, they put this uniform on, they put a vest on, and they go out and protect this community.''

“You come to work, and you hope for the best…but you just never know,” Sgt. Fortune added, according to KTVK. "This is an incident where I guarantee you, the officer had that in the back of his mind and unfortunately, this happened to him tonight."

Chief Williams described the injured officer as one of the agency’s “younger officers,” and said he is assigned to the Desert Horizon precinct.

She noted that attacks on Phoenix police officers have increased by a staggering 45 percent this year.

"I know right now, Phoenix Police Department has a problem with people who are being aggressive toward our officers," Chief Williams said. "We're asking for the community's thoughts and prayers on the recovery of one of our brave men and women in blue.”

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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

sounds like a good shoot, but this was not an ambush

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Willhunt22- do not be forsaken . There so many more of us out there who do support the LEOs ,first responder, and military who work tirelessly to uphold the law , this nation, and what it stands for. I routinely make sure I approach an officer and tell them how much I appreciate what you all do. I hope others do the same. BLUESTRONG

RealCorbinBlack
RealCorbinBlack

It used to be said that officers were on the front line of the war on the war on crime. Today however, it is more accurate to say that officers are on the front line of the culture war.

LindaMC
LindaMC

Quick recovery for this officer and glad he was able to take down the perp.

willhunt22
willhunt22

8 yrs of hatred spewed at law enforcement has resulted in a war on law enforcement. As an officer, it makes me sick, but if for a moment any low life feels as though they have the the upper hand, the right, the justification to take down one of our own, they are sadly mistaken. Thank God we now have a POTUS who supports and expresses love, care and concern for all women and men in service of their communities and our country.

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