Peoria PD: Woman shot in face in parking lot was a former MCSO sheriff's deputy

Posted at 4:06 PM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 20:08:20-05

Officials are releasing more information about a woman who was shot in the face in Peoria, but luckily, survived.

The Peoria Police Department held a press conference on Wednesday regarding the shooting last month.

Authorities aren’t releasing the 63-year-old victim’s name but say she was a former Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputy. She worked for MCSO for 14 years but has since retired.

The victim told police on Feb. 18 she was parked in a parking lot near 83rd Avenue and Washington Street and playing Pokemon Go on her cell phone.

While sitting her car, two men approached her and one suspect held a gun to her head and demanded that she get out, officials said. When she refused, she was shot once in the head.

Police provided an updated description of the suspects on Wednesday.

The alleged shooter is described as being Hispanic, light-skinned with short, dark hair and no facial hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and dark blue pants. He was about 5’7” and between 130 and 140 pounds.

The second man who approached her car was Black, dark-complexion, nearly six feet tall and 180 to 200 pounds. He was muscular with a chubby face, short dark hair and was seen wearing a green coat and dark-colored jeans.

Three other men were standing away from the victim’s car but were also believed to be with the two men.

One of the three other men is described as being Hispanic, possibly between the ages of 17 and 19 years old, wearing white pants and a white ball cap. No information was provided for the other two.

Authorities are still investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Peoria Police Department.