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FBI looking for person of interest in Camp Verde tribal officer shooting

Valentin Rodriguez
Posted at 12:53 PM, Feb 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-11 16:27:58-05

CAMP VERDE, AZ — Authorities are looking for a person of interest involved in Wednesday's shooting of a tribal officer near Camp Verde, Arizona.

The FBI is looking for 39-year-old Valentin Rodriguez, who may have information about the police shooting on February 9.

The shooting happened at the Tunli housing area on the Yavapai-Apache Indian Reservation at about 7:30 p.m. Officers were responding to a call of shots fired near State Route 260 and Cherry Creek Road.

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The officer shot has been identified as Officer Preston Brogdon, a five-year veteran of the Yavapai-Apache Police Department. He remains in critical but stable condition as of Friday afternoon, according to officials.

The Yavapai-Apache Nation says when officers arrived, a man got out of a vehicle and began shooting at officers. The man fled on foot and has not been located.

Jeramy Fowler lives about a mile and a half away from where the shooting happened. He says he knows officers in that department

“It’s heartbreaking. You know a lot of them being from this small town. So, I was really hoping it wasn’t one of them,” he said.

The tribal officer is now fighting for his life.

“I really hope that he pulls through,” said a man living on tribal land.

“Keep fighting and keep the faith,” said Fowler.

As for the suspected shooter:

“I just hope that they get him, and I hope that they can find him quick, because nobody wants someone like that running around the neighborhoods,” Fowler told ABC15.

Rodriguez, the person of interest, is described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, about 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He may be a member of or connected to the Yavapai-Apache tribe in Camp Verde.

Anyone with information about Rodriguez’s whereabouts is asked to contact the FBI Phoenix Field Office at (623) 466-1999.

YCSO has since started a fundraising initiative for Brogdon, as well as his wife and four children.

Anyone who would like to make a donation can send checks, money orders/cashier’s checks or bring cash to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. All checks must be made out to YCSO Employee Fund with Benevolence Fund: In Honor of Officer Brogdon written on the memo line. These funds can be mailed to or brought to 255 E. Gurley St., Prescott, AZ 86301.