PHOENIX - Police say an officer and a suspect were both sent to the hospital after an altercation led to a shooting in south Phoenix.
The incident happened around 7:15 a.m. in the area of 7th Avenue and Dobbins Road, according to Phoenix police.
Sgt. Trent Crump said it all started when the Phoenix police sergeant was returning from a training facility and he saw a 26-year-old man acting suspicious in the middle of the street near a school.
What the officer didn't know was that a call had been made to Crime Stop about a suspicious person acting erratically in the same area.
The sergeant began slowing his vehicle and the suspect moved toward the passenger side of the vehicle.
The sergeant rolled his window down partway and asked the man why he was in the roadway and if he needed help.
The man then reportedly started shouting obscenities and reached into the car, opening the door and getting inside where he began punching the sergeant in the face.
Crump said the sergeant took several strikes to the head. He was able to remove his firearm from its holster and fired the weapon one time, striking the man in the chest.
The 26-year-old suspect then ran away and soon collapsed in the middle of the road, Crump said.
Both the sergeant and suspect were transported to local hospitals. On Tuesday afternoon Crump said the suspect was in serious but stable condition. The sergeant was treated for facial cuts and other minor injuries and was released from the hospital.
Police did not identify the suspect.
Crump said he will be booked into the Maricopa County Jail on felony charges once he is released from the hospital.
Crump said the 39-year-old sergeant is a 14-year veteran of the police department.
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