Arizona Police Officer in Critical Condition After Being Shot
PHOENIX, AZ — August 17, 2018
A Phoenix police officer was critically injured in a shooting Thursday night while pulling over a suspect, authorities said.
Both of them were hospitalized in critical condition. The police did not specify the extent of their injuries.
According to the police report, the suspect fired two shots at the officer, who was getting out of his parked car, police said. The officer returned fire and wounded the suspect. It was around 8 p.m. in the area of Catcus and Cave Creek, Phoenix police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said during a briefing.
"It's one of those things that we say a lot: we don't know what's gonna happen when you put on the uniform," said Sgt. Fortune. "You come to work, and you hope for the best, you know, understanding that not everybody, obviously, wants to cause us harm, but you just never know."
It is unclear whether the officer had been shot twice.
Police Chief Jerri Willis said the officer was “ambushed.”
The officer, who has not been identified, has been with the department for about one year, Willis said. She couldn’t give his age but called him one of their “younger” officers.
It wasn’t immediately clear why the suspect was being pulled over.
Willis said also this marked Phoenix’s 34th officer-involved shooting this year.