Phoenix police officer attacked, injured in standoff

Mar 16, 2014, 12:47 PM | Updated: 12:47 pm

PHOENIX – A Phoenix police officer suffered an eye injury and broken hand after responding to a call about a man yelling in a front yard Saturday night.

When the officer arrived, he says 29-year-old Bobby Keen approached him requesting help before punching him in the face.

“And, at that point, unfortunately, the fight was on,” Phoenix Public Information Officer James Holmes told KTAR.

As the unidentified officer struggled with Keen, he used a Taser gun on the assailant twice. A second officer on the scene near 7th Street and Union Hills Road also used his Taser, but they say Keen kept fighting and was able to make it back inside his home.

Holmes said more officers arrived and they organized a team, which included a canine, to approach Keen’s front door.

“Initially, he refuses to come out and when he does come out, he approaches and attacks the officers again,” Holmes said.

“At that point he (was) actually shot with four rounds of a stun gun in order to get this man subdued and it didn’t work.”

Holmes said Keen managed to get up and lock himself inside his home again before officers and the canine moved in and found him in a bedroom. Keen’s girlfriend was inside the home as well, according to Holmes’ account. She told officers that her boyfriend had used drugs earlier that day.

Keen was taken to the hospital for observation. The injured officer has since been released from the hospital.

“You’ve got an individual who’s out by himself just yelling and screaming for no apparent reason and neighbors start to call and thank goodness none of those neighbors actually went out to see what was wrong with him or they might have ended up in a confrontation with him,” said Holmes.

We want to hear from you.

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

Arizona News

(ADOT Photo)...
KTAR.com

Here are the top 10 most popular specialty license plates in Arizona in 2022

The Arizona Department of Transportation on Wednesday released its 10 most popular custom plates designs of 2022. There was a repeat winner.
18 hours ago
The WM Phoenix Open is a major economic driver. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)...
Kevin Stone

2022 WM Phoenix Open drove economic impact of over $450M, study finds

The WM Phoenix Open pumped nearly half a billion dollars into the local economy last year, according to an economic impact study.
18 hours ago
(Getty Images Photos)...
Kevin Stone

Bryan Adams running to Phoenix with help from Joan Jett

Bryan Adams’ So Happy It Hurts Tour comes to Footprint Center in Phoenix this summer with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
18 hours ago
Armando Real (Photo via Arizona Department of Public Safety)...
KTAR.com

Silver Alert issued for Phoenix man last seen near 24th Street and Buckeye

Authorities issued a Silver Alert on Thursday for a missing Phoenix man who was last seen a day earlier near 24th Street and Buckeye Road.
18 hours ago
(City of Buckeye Photo)...
KTAR.com

Buckeye to move forward with $80 million water rights agreement

A West Valley city has secured a source of water for a minimum of 100 years after approving an $80 million deal this week.
18 hours ago
(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)...
Taylor Kinnerup

Arizona’s News Roundup: AEL update, Biggs calls for Mayorkas impeachment, Molotov cocktail arrest

Education and immigration continue to make headlines in Arizona and across the country this week. Arizona's News Roundup will get you up to date.
18 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(Pexels Photo)...

Sports gambling can be fun for adults, but it’s a dangerous game for children

While adults may find that sports gambling is a way to enhance the experience with more than just fandom on the line, it can be a dangerous proposition if children get involved in the activity.
...
Fiesta Bowl Foundation

Celebrate 50 years of Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade magic!

Since its first production in the early 1970s, the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe has been a staple of Valley traditions, bringing family fun and excitement to downtown Phoenix.
...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
Phoenix police officer attacked, injured in standoff