DUDLEYVILLE, AZ — A Pinal County deputy and suspected trespasser shot each other near Dudleyville, about 64 miles northeast of Tucson, Wednesday night.
Around 7 p.m., a PCSO deputy was responding to a call about a trespasser in the area.
When the deputy arrived on the scene, he was shot by 39-year-old Jason Forrester, according to Pinal County Sheriff's Office.
Here’s the man that shot and injured an Arizona deputy this week.— Patrick Hayes (@ABC15Patrick) April 1, 2022
Jason Forrester is an affiliate of the Arian Brotherhood group.
Forrester had an active warrant for dangerous drug posession. He’s also been arrested for burglary, weapons offenses, aggravated assault and drugs. pic.twitter.com/3l50jHcp0g
Authorities say the deputy returned fire at Forrester, striking him.
Both the deputy and the suspected trespasser were transported to a hospital.
Forrester also had an active warrant for dangerous drug possession, according to PCSO.
On Monday, April 4, Sheriff Mark Lamb announced the deputy was released from the hospital and is now recovering at home.
An update from Sheriff Lamb on our deputy who was shot last week: pic.twitter.com/LT9joo9gop— Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (@PinalCSO) April 4, 2022
At last check, Forrester was still hospitalized, though he is in stable condition.
Forrester has previously served multiple sentences with Arizona Department of Corrections for burglary, weapons offenses, aggravated assault, and drug violations. PCSO also says Forrester is an affiliate of the Arian Brotherhood group.