PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix police officer is hospitalized in extremely critical condition after a shooting that left a burglary suspect dead.
Phoenix police Chief Joe Yahner didn’t release the officer’s name but says he’s about 35 years old and a 12-year department veteran with a wife and two small children.
Yahner says the officer now is fighting for his life.
Police say the incident occurred Wednesday afternoon after a Laveen homeowner called to say his son allegedly was stealing guns from him.
The officer responded and found the suspect in a vehicle and shots were exchanged.
Police say the suspect was declared dead at the scene.
The police officer was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
The name and age of the dead suspect hasn’t been released yet.