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Phoenix detective shot near 43rd Avenue and Baseline Road, two men in custody

43rd Avenue and Baseline Road
Posted at 12:33 PM, Jun 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-15 19:42:22-04

PHOENIX — A Phoenix police detective was shot several times during an incident in a West Valley neighborhood Tuesday.

Police say the incident occurred near 43rd Avenue and Baseline Road around noon.

The detective was taken to a hospital with serious injuries but is now reportedly in stable condition.

Police say the detective's name will not be released as she "works in an undercover capacity and the release of her name would cause concerns for her safety."

According to police, the detective was in an unmarked vehicle conducting a follow-up investigation on a weapons crime.

While the detective was stopped in her vehicle, a vehicle with two men inside slowed down as it passed the detective and continued down the road. Moments later the same vehicle returned and stopped behind the detective.

Police say two men exited the vehicle and approached the detective while wearing masks and had guns drawn.

As the suspects approached, the detective was able to see that they were armed and put on a ballistic vest, as well as draw her own gun.

One of the males then stood in front of her vehicle and another stood outside the passenger side door.

The two men then reportedly began shooting at the detective’s car striking her several times as she tried to exit the vehicle. According to initial court hearings, the two suspects are accused of firing a total of approximately 19 shots at the detective.

The detective was unable to fire her handgun because of her injuries, according to police.

The suspects then drove away from the area and were tracked by other police units to a home near 33rd Avenue and Baseline Road where they were both taken into custody.

On Wednesday, Phoenix police officials named the suspects as 22-year-old Ahmani Gordon and 22-year-old Aaron Ware. They've been booked into the Maricopa County Jail and are facing a number of charges.

According to court paperwork, Ware admitted to shooting the officer but said he did it after she shot at him. He also claimed he did not know she was an officer.

Police say the detective shot has been with the department for 19 years. Her name hasn't been released.

Both suspects are being held on a $2 million cash-only bond.