PHOENIX – A Sunday night shooting broke out in Phoenix near the I-17 and the police department says two officers were injured, two other people at the scene were killed, three others were injured and the suspect is dead.
The shooting happened near I-17 and Deer Valley Road around 8:45 p.m. when a two-officer unit responded to the area and were met with gunfire.
They “engaged” with the suspect, who then retreated. The unidentified suspect was then found dead, and it’s not known how he died.
The department says the officers are expected to be OK.
“Once again, two Phoenix Police officers have been shot,” said Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams in a press conference at the hospital just hours after the shooting on Aug. 28. “Thankfully, those two officers are recovering and are talking. So they’re in good spirits.”
Two others who were at the scene, who are not law enforcement, died as a result of the incident, Williams said. They haven’t been identified.
Three others who were also injured in the shooting were taken to the hospital.
“This is a massive crime scene,” Williams continued. “There’s still a lot of work to do out at that crime scene.”
Williams remarked on violence against police, asking when will the violence end, and that this is another example of innocent bystanders getting killed and hurt by gun violence.
Police said the man was arrested in the shooting of four people in what appeared to be random incidents. They said tips led officers to the suspect.