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DPS trooper hit by vehicle, woman injured in officer-involved shooting

(Arizona Department of Public Safety Facebook Photo)

PHOENIX — An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper is recovering after getting intentionally hit by a vehicle Saturday morning, according to authorities.

The incident occurred just after 3 a.m. near Interstate 17 and Cactus Road.

The trooper attempted to stop a gray sedan as it exited northbound I-17 at Cactus Road after recording the vehicle traveling more than 100 mph.

The sedan sped through a traffic light, lost control and spun out, according to Arizona DPS. The driver then fled the vehicle on foot.

Arizona DPS says the trooper began chasing the suspect when a white Chevrolet Tahoe struck him. The suspect jumped into the car, which drove eastbound on Cactus Road. Fearing for his life, the trooper reportedly fired his weapon and struck the driver as the car drove away.

The trooper was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Arizona DPS said Monday the trooper has been released from the hospital and is at home recovering.

Authorities later on Saturday located the Tahoe near 21st Avenue and Larkspur. The driver, described as an adult woman in her late teens, was taken into custody and transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. She remains in the hospital with with non-life-threatening injuries, Arizona DPS said Monday.

Investigators as of Monday are still searching for the driver of the sedan.

No other information was made immediately available.

It was the first shooting of the year involving Arizona DPS and 10th overall by Valley law enforcement, according to KTAR News 92.3 FM research.

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