Arizona deputy on life support following assault, suspect in critical condition

Oct 10, 2021, 11:00 AM | Updated: 5:02 pm
Clinton Robert Hurley (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office photo)...
Clinton Robert Hurley (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office photo)
(Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office photo)

PHOENIX — An Arizona Sheriff’s deputy who was assaulted Saturday morning is on life support, while the suspect in the case was shot in a home in Tonopah Saturday night and remains in critical condition, authorities said.

Gunfire was exchanged between the suspect, 30-year-old Clinton Robert Hurley, and a home owner. Police were made aware of a shooting at around 6:30 p.m. and found the suspect not too far from the home, officials say.

Hurley was struck by the gunfire and taken to the hospital where he is in critical condition, officials said.

Earlier, the deputy was found unconscious and bleeding from the face by another deputy near Van Buren Street and Dysart Road. He was taken to the hospital where he remains on life support, officials said.

The suspect took the deputy’s car, crashed through a fence, then fled the area. Police believe he stole another vehicle.

“It is with a sense of relief that I express to you that I am glad to know that he is off our streets,” Sheriff Paul Penzone said in a press conference on Saturday night.

Police opened a manhunt for Hurley earlier on Saturday after he attacked the deputy at approximately 10:55 a.m. in Avondale.

The suspect was taken into custody on multiple felony warrants, officials said.

He was considered armed and dangerous as multiple agencies searched for him.

Hurley was released from an Arizona prison in December after serving time for attempted child molestation, Penzone said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Arizona deputy on life support following assault, suspect in critical condition