Two Chandler officers shot on road to recovery

Posted at 11:18 AM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 11:57:18-04

After an attack on Chandler police, an officer remains hospitalized and is preparing to undergo a second surgery. 

According to the Chandler Police Department, two officers were shot by a suspect at a Walmart on Saturday morning. The suspect, Mitchell Oakley, 24, opened fire on Joshua Pueblo and Daniel Colwell multiple times and injured both.

One of the officers has been released from the Chandler Regional Medical Center and is recovering at home with family. A second officer is still in the hospital and will undergo a second surgery in the next few days, officials said. 

Police say crews were called out at 6:20 a.m. 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.