Man violates protection order, shot by police in Phoenix


PHOENIX (AP) — A 42-year-old man in Phoenix, who was violating an order of protection, was taken to the hospital after being shot by police, authorities said.

Phoenix Police Department Sgt. Ann Justus said in a statement that the suspect showed up at a home where his two teenage sons were inside. Justus said the family had an order of protection against the man, which was served about two weeks earlier.

Responding officers arrived about 5 p.m. Sunday to find a suspect in the driveway with a gun. A 26-year-old police officer, whose name was not released, encountered the suspect and exchanged gunfire.

Phoenix police said in a statement that the officer had served two years in the Cactus Park precinct.

Justus said the suspect was taken to the hospital after being shot. Department officials said that the suspect is currently in critical but stable condition and will be booked on multiple charges upon release. No other injuries were reported and no other shots were fired before police got there.

Authorities said another occupied home in the area, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) north of downtown Phoenix, was hit by gunfire during the exchange.

During the investigation, detectives learned the suspect’s car was set on fire before he stole another vehicle and forced its driver to take him to northern Phoenix. The owner of the car was not injured.

An investigation is ongoing.


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