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Pinal County deputy released, suspect hospitalized after shooting near Dudleyville

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Crime Scene
Posted at 9:57 PM, Mar 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-04 15:17:54-04

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.

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.

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.