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Officer shot in Camp Verde area, law enforcement searching for suspect

Posted at 9:10 PM, Feb 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-10 18:18:49-05

CAMP VERDE, AZ — The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says an officer was airlifted to a Phoenix hospital after being shot Wednesday night near Camp Verde.

The shooting happened when officers responded to a call of shots fired near State Route 260 and Cherry Creek Road around 7:30 p.m., according to officials.

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

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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.

A heavy law enforcement presence is in the area working to locate the suspect.

YCSO urges that the public avoid the area while their search continues.

On Thursday afternoon, the FBI released a photo of 39-year-old Valentin Rodriguez, who they are calling a person of interest they are looking for, in connection to the shooting.

This is an ongoing situation. Stay with ABC15 and for the latest developments.