Chandler officer released from ICU

Posted at 3:40 PM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-28 08:30:40-04

Officer Josh Pueblo, who was injured at a Walmart shooting, has been released from ICU and is on the road to recovery.

Pueblo was one of two officers who were shot multiple times over the weekend by suspect Mitchell Oakley, 24.

According to the Chandler Police Department, two officers, Pueblo and Daniel Colwell, were injured and both were taken to Chandler Regional Medical Center. 

Officer Colwell was released earlier this week and was sent home, but Pueblo still had to undergo a second surgery and was still in the intensive care unit up until Wednesday when he was moved from the unit.

When moved from ICU, a crowd of people, including police, lined the walls showing their support and appreciation for Pueblo. 

Police say crews were called out at 6:20 a.m. on Saturday when Oakley, a transient, trespassed on store premises near Arizona Avenue and Pecos Road. The man had previously trespassed the same location before, officials said.

Both Pueblo and Colwell were called out to respond and when the first officer arrived, witnesses saw Oakley fire at the officer. The first officer was shot in the face.

A second officer responded to the scene and fired back at the suspect but was also shot by Oakley. Officials told ABC15 the second officer shot and killed Oakley.

Police tell ABC15 the officers were trying to take the man into custody when Oakley fired. ABC15 contacted Oakley's parents who said they were sorry for the two officers who were injured and their family members.

Police are still investigating the incident.