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A suspect concerned in an altercation that resulted in an Arizona police officer being “fatally shot” has been killed after stealing the cop’s car and main legislation enforcement on a pursuit, authorities say.
The incident unfolded Thursday night time after a White Mountain Apache Police Officer performed a traffic cease in Whiteriver, east of Phoenix, in accordance with the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office.
“An altercation occurred between the officer and the individual working the car,” the sheriff’s workplace mentioned in an announcement. “During the altercation, the officer was fatally shot.”
Police say the suspect then “took the officer’s police car and fled the scene with White Mountain Apache Police Officers in pursuit.”
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The chase made its manner “by very remote areas of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation to the Hawley Lake area the place the officers and the suspect had been concerned in a gun battle,” in accordance with investigators.
The sheriff’s workplace mentioned one officer was shot during the encounter and the suspect in the end was killed.
The wounded officer was airlifted to a Phoenix-area hospital whereas the FBI is now investigating the incidents.
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“The Tribe is indebted to our Police Department and EMS for his or her immediate and brave response, and grateful for the help rendered by our neighboring jurisdictions,” the White Mountain Apache Tribe mentioned in an announcement. “Our prayers, tonight, are with the households of these officers concerned, and with all of our first responders.”
The names of the officers concerned and the suspect weren’t instantly launched.