Traffic Stop Leads to Shootout
A routine traffic stop in Phoenix ended in a manhunt after one police officer
was shot in the head involving numerous officers and individuals. The
officer stopped a car for having dark tinted windows around 3 a.m. He
obtained identification for all the passengers in the vehicle, except
for one of the passengers who claimed not to have any identification.
After the officer ran their identification, he approached the vehicle.
That is when one of the passengers opened fire.
As the officer was shot, the car began to leave. Backup law enforcement
at the scene exchanged fire with the vehicle as it was driving away.
Following the incident, Arizona implemented its first Blue Alert. A Blue
Alert is an alert posted on signs that seek to use the public's help
in finding the location of a vehicle if:
- An officer faced a life-threatening injury or death
- The suspect has fled and has not been found
- The suspect may cause danger to the public
- The suspect or vehicle can be described by law enforcement
The car was found in the backyard of an abandoned home and police have
not been able to find any of the people wanted in connection with the
shooting. They are looking for three men and two woman presumed to have
Arizona police say a statewide and nationwide manhunt will occur until
all of the suspects are in custody.