PD: John Murphy arrested for shooting at off-duty deputy in north Phoenix

PHOENIX - Phoenix police say they have arrested a man accused of shooting at an off-duty Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy and his family last Tuesday.

Phoenix police spokesman Tommy Thompson said John William Murphy, 27, was taken into custody in connection with the shooting the same day.

Thompson said Murphy was found to be in possession of a firearm and was booked into jail on weapons violations charges.

According to police, the off-duty deputy saw a suspicious vehicle near the home of a family member near 35th Avenue and Yorkshire Drive around 7:00 a.m.

The deputy followed the car and Murphy fired at the MCSO employee.

Initial information indicated the deputy was only hit by shattered glass, but after further examination, police believe the deputy was hit by the bullet that shattered the glass.

The deputy had a relative with him on a ride-along, they were heading home when the incident happened, officials said.

The deputy was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. His passenger was not hurt.

On Friday, police said, based upon their investigation, they were able to develop probable cause that Murphy was the suspect who shot at the off-duty deputy and his family.

Thompson said Murphy is now facing additional charges including aggravated assault, drive-by shooting and unlawful discharge of a weapon.

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