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Off-duty Phoenix police officer shoots armed suspect near restaurant

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PHOENIX – An off-duty Phoenix police officer in uniform shot a man authorities said was armed Thursday outside a fast-food restaurant.

Phoenix Police Department Sgt. Andy Williams said the officer was directing traffic at 15th Avenue and Camelback Road around 5 p.m. when he heard “a commotion” close by.

The officer followed the sounds to a Rally’s at the intersection and said he saw a man pointing a gun at two adults.

Police said the officer ordered the man to drop the gun but he refused. The officer then fired his service weapon at the suspect, hitting him.

The suspect was taken to the hospital in serious condition but is expected to survive.

The other two people weren’t hurt, police said.

It was the ninth shooting of the year involving the Phoenix Police Department and 22nd overall by law enforcement, according to KTAR News 92.3 FM research.

KTAR 92.3 FM’s Taylor Kinnerup contributed to this report.

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