PHOENIX — A Phoenix police officer received minor injuries while attempting to stop a break-in at an apartment on Thursday.
Sgt. Jonathan Howard said officers spotted the break-in in progress near 67th Avenue and Indian School Road. When the officers approached the suspects, one of them opened fire with a rifle, injuring one of the officers.
The officers returned fire, hitting the suspect with the rifle. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
“At this point, we have detained two additional people that we are trying to confirm their involvement in the case but, right now, we are unsure if they were actually involved so right now we are still actively searching the area,” Howard said.
Despite a large police presence, Howard said other suspects may have been able to escape while officers attended to the injured.
The intersection of the two roads was heavily restricted and 67th Avenue was closed south of Indian School.
Heatherbrae Elementary, Manuel Pena Elementary, G. Frank Davidson Elementary, Holiday Park Elementary, Estrella Middle and Raul Castro Middle schools were all placed on lockdown. All of them were taken off lockdown and students were expected to be released by 3 p.m.
KTAR’s Cooper Rummell and the Associated Press contributed to this story.