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DPS trooper takes stand, faces man accused of shooting him during 2014 traffic stop

Posted at 6:12 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 21:31:54-05

PHOENIX — The trial against Ramon Bueno started last week after five years and several delays, and continued on Thursday as a trooper injured in the shooting took the stand.

"He kept saying, 'Casey! Casey! You ok? You ok? And I remember he told me I had been shot," Trooper James Casey testified Thursday.

Testimony in the case surrounding the 2014 shooting wrapped up Thursday, and jurors will hear closing arguments on Monday.

Casey was blindsided by a bullet as he was taking information from a passenger during the traffic stop near McDowell Road and Interstate 17. Colleagues rushed to his side to save his life.

"I was making a mental note not to touch my face. I thought I was going to go into shock and die," Casey said on the stand.

Bueno is on trial for the October 8, 2014 shooting, which erupted after the vehicle he was in was pulled over for dark tint.

Bueno and an accomplice were arrested in west Phoenix after a week-long manhunt.

He's facing attempted murder charges.

Bueno's attorney has asked the jury to suspend their judgment until the end of the trial, saying Casey initially picked someone else out of lineup who was not Bueno.

Jurors will return on Monday.