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Phoenix police officer dies after shootout

PHOENIX (AP) -- A Phoenix police officer died and another was in critical condition after a shootout Monday that also killed a man wanted on a felony warrant, authorities said.

A member of the fugitive apprehension team died of his wounds at a hospital a few hours after the 3:30 p.m. shooting, Police Chief Daniel Garcia said.

The officer's name wasn't immediately released. Garcia said he was a 21-year veteran.

"The other officer is fighting for his life," Garcia said at a news conference. The name of that nine-year department veteran also was being withheld by police officials.

The shootout occurred after the suspect fled in his car, caused a three-vehicle collision, and ran away on foot before exchanging gunfire with officers outside a check cashing and title loan business, authorities said.

The suspect came around a corner with a gun and a third officer was able to fire on the suspect and stop the threat, police spokesman Detective James Holmes said.

The suspect's name was not immediately released.

An 83-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man suffered minor injuries in the car accident that closed an intersection for more than an hour.

Nick Cusson, manager of a restaurant in a shopping mall near the shooting scene, said he heard more than a dozen shots just a few minutes after arriving at work.

"The next thing you know, the whole parking lot is scattered with people," Cusson said. "Then within about 30 seconds, we see all these cops driving up."

Cusson said he had noticed several unmarked police cars parked nearby just before the shooting but didn't think much of it.

"Then I guess there was a shootout," he said. "We were all looking out the window. We were kind of curious. We weren't sure they were gunshots at first."

Cusson said he was closing his shop because the entire area had been cordoned off by police.

"No one can come pick their food up and we can't get delivery drivers out," he said.


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mustang426 March 03 2014 at 11:27 PM

How could this be background checks make it so criminals cant get guns!!!!!!!!!!!! I guess the criminals dont care about the LAW

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Dr. Cal Harris mustang426 March 03 2014 at 11:46 PM

I feel a lot safer in a large city about seven hours east of there knowing that a very large portion of the honest citizens have concealed carry licenses for guns and know how to use them.

This is a tragic case and a terrible loss of a veteran servant. The gun didn't kill the officer, the criminal did. Take every gun out of the USA, even take them away from the criminals and then what? Will the crime stop? Don't think so.

Our friends across the Rio Grande are losing their small towns and villiages to a hand full of armed drug gangs as they grab territory and supply routes. Won't happen in Texas, yet. Our first responders along the Rio Grande aren't paid with tax dollars, they are armed little towns and ranchers that fear losing their familie's historic homesteads to the cartels. An exaggeration: just google drug wars along the Rio Grande.

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marjorum Dr. Cal Harris March 04 2014 at 1:24 AM

Arizona is an open-carry state. No concealed carry permit required.

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ewfordcpe1940 March 04 2014 at 7:54 AM

Diane, et al,, Have a little police experience, (40+ yrs), trust me it don't happen that way. YES there are probably some details left out, PENDING AN INVESTIGATION, which all the officers there will have to go through, probably over and over again. I guarantee you he fired first, and in saying that,,, if he would fire on an officer, he wouldn't hesitate to fire on anyone, or even take a hostage. As for myself, I'd rather have 12 try'n, than 6 carry'n,,,,,any day. One of the things that kinda bothered me about this article was near the very end when focus was shifted from what had occurred to the poor shop owner who CHOOSE to close his business, because the crime scene had to be protected,,,he'll probably sue the officers for lost wages !

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el21141 ewfordcpe1940 March 04 2014 at 9:04 AM

It is Chose not choose.

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vtman March 04 2014 at 6:25 AM

Incomplete article to say the least, head lines to taunt with little or no back up.

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modfather910 March 04 2014 at 10:22 AM

First "Thank You" to all officers with the courage to put on that uniform and try to keep citizens safe.
To the slain officer and his family, may he rest in peace knowing he has done which very few of us have the courage to do, wear that uniform.

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kklinvt modfather910 March 04 2014 at 11:11 AM

Yes and thank you to those officers that stole cardboard signs from homeless people in TX, raped a man in NYC with a plunger, conducted body cavity searches of women on the sides of public roads, stopped and frisked innocent people without cause on city streets, etc. You sure are keeping the citizens safe.

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cliffy934 kklinvt March 04 2014 at 12:50 PM

KKlivnt, I sure hope you never need a law enforcement officer to investigate a break in in your home, arrest someone for raping or killing a close relative, (wife, daughter), investigating an accident that was not your fault, or better yet, someone that assaults you. Be sure and don't call them, they just might rape you, take away your card board, or do a cavity search.

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Wonderful Gary March 04 2014 at 10:50 AM

Very sad, another brave officer has left us.

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Mitch March 04 2014 at 9:02 AM

RIP bother

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Paula March 04 2014 at 11:18 AM

One officer is dead and the other critical, and this guy is worrying about getting his food orders out? Really!

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daniel Paula March 04 2014 at 12:19 PM

It was at a time when orders had to go on deliveries...........for a store, it is important....they pay the bills..........

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MICHAEL March 04 2014 at 3:39 PM

what a class act state is az.

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Teeny Weenie MICHAEL March 04 2014 at 4:03 PM

Your a moron to make a statement like that. Things like this happen in ALL states,idiot.

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kklinvt Teeny Weenie March 04 2014 at 4:17 PM

You're a moron for not being able to comprehend that this article is about Arizona. Your name perfectly explains why you and most gun nuts like you need guns to feel like a man.

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