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Off-duty MCSO deputy identified in shooting at Phoenix Food City

Off-duty MCSO deputy shoots suspect in PHX
Off-duty MCSO deputy shoots suspect in PHX
Posted at 1:46 PM, Dec 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-31 06:56:39-05

Officials are identifying the off-duty officer involved in a shooting at a Food City in Phoenix last week.

The incident happened just after 1 p.m. at the Food City shopping center at 32nd Street and McDowell Road. 

Phoenix police said MCSO deputy Alberto Sosa was working security at Food City when two female suspects attempted to cash a fake check.

"One of the employees verified that the check was stolen and she contacted an off-duty MCSO deputy who was working at the time," Phoenix police spokesman Alan Pfohl said.

When the deputy approached the suspects the pair ran towards the entrance and a struggle took place, a Phoenix police spokesperson said.

"The deputy was able to catch one of the females," Pfohl said. "That female removed a gun from her waistband, pointed over her shoulder and fired between one and three rounds at the deputy."

The deputy shot at the suspect who was later taken to the hospital where she remains in critical condition.

The other female suspect fled the scene and has not been located. 

Food City employee Gilbert Echeverria says the incident caused quite a commotion.

"They were screaming," Echeverria said. "You know, like you're watching a movie...they're screaming. I walked up front. That's when I saw the lady up front laying down; you know, she got shot."

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