Newly released video footage depicts shooting of Arizona DPS officer

Jun 23, 2023, 8:00 PM

The Arizona Department of Public Safety on Friday released a body-camera video clip of a Monday incident when an officer was shot after stopping a driver in Phoenix.

According to the Department of Public Safety, after Trooper Sean Harkins stopped the driver of a Kia sedan near 21st Avenue and Thomas Road in Phoenix and approached the vehicle, 29-year-old Luis Mateo Jacobo Borja opened fire, striking Harkins in the left leg.

The video depicts Borja rolling the driver’s side window down as Harkins approached before he stuck his head and a handgun out of the window. Borja immediately began to discharge the weapon.

Harkins fell to the ground as Borja fled the scene. Harkins managed to get to his feet and limped back to his patrol vehicle.

Harkins was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center where he was treated. He is recovering at home.

Phoenix police officers found the suspect’s vehicle pulling into a house at 27th Avenue and Garfield Street. When the vehicle left the home, police followed the suspect to the area of 35th Drive and Holly Street where the driver began shooting at an officer who returned fire, authorities said.

The suspect drove away and fired at a different officer’s vehicle at 36th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard. The officer was injured by shrapnel. He was later treated at a hospital and released.

The suspect continued driving and crashed into a wall at 36th and Virginia avenues, police said.

Borja was found dead in the vehicle with a gunshot wound.

Phoenix police are working to determine who fired the fatal shot.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

File photo of a Valley Metro bus. A pedestrian was killed when he was hit by a city bus in downtown...

Pedestrian struck, killed by city bus he was trying to stop in downtown Phoenix

A pedestrian was killed when he was hit by a city bus in downtown Phoenix on Monday night, authorities said.

1 hour ago

Insomnia in the summer may be due to Arizona heat, doctor says...

Serena O'Sullivan

Struggling with insomnia? Arizona summer heat may be to blame, sleep expert says

Arizonans who are dealing with insomnia in the summer months can blame the heat, according to a sleep expert with Banner Health.

5 hours ago

The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office website is now offering a virtual tour of the Maricopa Coun...

Maricopa County Recorder’s Office website offers self-guided virtual tour of elections center

The Maricopa County Recorder's Office website is now offering a virtual tour of the downtown Phoenix elections center.

5 hours ago

Desert tortoises: Do not disturb, AZGFD warns the public...

Wildlife officials warn against disturbing wild desert tortoises

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) urges the public to keep desert tortoises wild.

5 hours ago

Banner Imaging and HeartFlow are collaborating to offer a new program to help new patients detect c...

Banner selected to test Medicare dementia care model

The model will work to increase care coordination and improve access to services and supports, which includes respite care, people living with dementia and their caregivers.

5 hours ago


Police investigating fatal overnight hit-and-run in central Phoenix

Phoenix PD responded to the area of 19th Avenue and Van Buren Street regarding a collision that involved a pedestrian.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinic visits boost student training & community health

Going to a Midwestern University Clinic can help make you feel good in more ways than one.


Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines can get you smoothly from Phoenix to Frankfurt on new A330-900neo airplane

Adventure Awaits! And there's no better way to experience the vacation of your dreams than traveling with Condor Airlines.



Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.

Newly released video footage depicts shooting of Arizona DPS officer