(Arizona Department of Transportation Photo)
PHOENIX – Authorities issued a Blue Alert on Thursday after a shooting involving an Arizona state trooper in a Phoenix residential area.
One suspect was in custody and another was at-large after the incident near 37th Avenue and Portland Street, Department of Public Safety Capt. Jesse Galvez told KTAR News 92.3 FM.
Around 9 a.m., a teenage male got out of a car and fired multiple shots with an “assault rifle” at DPS detectives in a vehicle, who returned fire, Galvez said.
The 17-year-old suspected shooter was taken into custody and the weapon was seized, but the search for the driver, believed to be a Hispanic male in his late teens, continues. No injuries were reported.
The Blue Alert was activated around noon, triggering alarms on cellphones across the Valley. The Blue Alert is a rarely used system that DPS can use when a suspect is on the loose after a law enforcement officer has been assaulted.
Galvez says the uniformed troopers were sitting in their parked vehicle in support of a nearby operation when a silver Infiniti pulled directly in front of them and honked.
“At that point the passenger in the Infiniti exited the vehicle and raised an assault rifle and began firing at our two detectives,” Galvez said.
The troopers fired back, Galvez said, adding that it was too early to know how many shots were exchanged.
“The driver of the Infiniti then took off, leaving the shooter behind, and our detectives at that point were able to take that shooter into custody,” he said.
DPS released photos of the car involved, a G-37 from model years 2008-13 with custom wheels.
The car has temporary license plates and might have chipped paint below the plate area.
Anybody with information was asked to call 911.
It was the fourth shooting this year involving DPS troopers, according to KTAR News research.
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Nailea Leon contributed to this report.