PD: Phoenix officer shot, gunman in custody

PHOENIX - A Phoenix police officer remains hospitalized after he was shot twice by a man he stopped to talk to Sunday night.

The shooting happened around 8:50 p.m. near 21st Avenue and Georgia.

Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said the 36-year-old officer was on patrol in the area and approached the suspect, who was riding a bicycle.

During the confrontation, the suspect shot the officer twice and then fled on foot.

Crump said the officer was shot in the face and the hip. Crump said the bullet went in through the officer's jaw and came out under the ear. His jaw will be wired shut while it heals.

Officers located the suspect just before 10 p.m. in a shed near the shooting scene.

Crump said he was shot in both hands and was injured when he was taken down by a police canine. He will be booked into jail and charged with attempting to kill a police officer once he is released from the hospital.

Crump said the suspect does have a prior history, including burglary, and that the officer was patrolling in the area due to the high number of burglaries.

The officer thought the suspect looked suspicious and that's why he stopped him.

Police are not yet releasing the names of the officer and suspect, who is approximately 28 years old.

Crump said the officer's two children are with him at the hospital and his parents flew into the Valley to be with him.


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