Phoenix police officer, suspect both ‘critical’ after shootout

A Phoenix police officer was critically injured in a shooting Thursday, authorities said.

(FOX10 Phoenix)

A Phoenix police officer was critically injured in a shooting Thursday night, while pulling more than a suspicion that the authorities said.

Both the officer and the suspect were rushed to a hospital in critical condition, FOX10 Phoenix reported. The police have not indicated what the extent of their injuries.

The officer was shot around 8 a.m. in the area of Catcus and Cave Creek, Phoenix police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said during a briefing.

#BREAKING: An officer injured in an officer involved shooting in North Phoenix

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The suspect fired two shots at the officer, who was to get out of his marked car, police said. The officer returned fire and wounded the suspect. The police could not say whether the agent had been shot twice.

The police Jerri Willis said the officer was “ambushed.”

The officer, who has not yet been identified, the department for about a year, Willis said. She could not give his age, but called him one of their “younger” officers.

Officer involved shooting at the intersection of Cactus and cave Creek. An officer and suspect injured #Fox10phoenix

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It was not immediately clear why the suspect was being pulled over.

“You come to work, and you hope for the best, to know, to understand that not everyone, of course, wants to cause us harm, but you never know,” says Fortune.

Willis said this was Phoenix’s 34th officer-involved shooting this year.

This is a development of the story. Come back regularly for updates.

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