PEORIA, AZ - Peoria police have identified the officers involved in a deadly shooting that critically injured a Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputy.
Ruben Garcia, a 29-year veteran with the Sheriff's Department. was shot in Peoria early Tuesday morning.
The suspect, identified as 54-year-old Donald Miller Sr ., died at the scene.
Two Peoria officers and an employee from a nearby business worked to save Garcia, officers were also alerted to be on the lookout for the suspect’s silver truck.
Peoria police spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto said Peoria Police Lieutenant Steve Hadley located the suspect’s vehicle and began following it until other officers were able to arrive. Initial attempts to stop Miller were unsuccessful, but a short time later Miller stopped his truck in a desert area and officers heard shots fired.
Both Lt. Hadley and Officer Aaron Brewer fired at Miller’s vehicle.
Miller was still not following commands from officers and was not moving inside his vehicle. The SWAT team was called in to try and make contact with Miller, when team members got to the truck they saw that Miller was dead.
Jacinto said the investigation is still ongoing.
Garcia remains in critical, but stable condition at this time.
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