Phoenix police investigate shooting that left 1 officer hospitalized, another injured
Mar 13, 2022, 9:11 AM | Updated: Mar 14, 2022, 5:54 am
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PHOENIX– One police officer was hospitalized and another was treated for minor injuries after being involved in a shooting in Phoenix on Sunday morning, authorities said.
“It appears that officers were shot by someone hiding in the darkness, literally trying to pick our officers off,” Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said at a press conference.
“One of my officers has come under attack, is becoming all too familiar right now,” Williams said. “This is the seventh police officer shot and 12th injured in the past three months.”
Police said sometime around 1 a.m., while two officers were attempting to pull over a vehicle for traffic violations, someone standing along the road began to fire at the police vehicle.
The officer in the passenger seat of the vehicle was struck in the wrist and taken to a local hospital, police said.
The officer in the driver seat was hit by flying glass fragments and was treated for his injuries.
The driver officers were trying to stop for traffic violations exited his car and attempted to flee on foot, but officers took him into custody for questioning.
He was identified as Javon Beasley, 18, who was booked into Maricopa County Jail for felony flight.
The investigation remains ongoing.
No additional information was made available.