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Phoenix police officer dies after shootout

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 3, 2014 at 9:43 pm •  Published: March 3, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix police officer died and another was in critical condition after a shootout Monday that also killed a man wanted on a felony warrant, authorities said.

The member of the Police Department's fugitive apprehension team died of his wounds at a hospital a few hours after the 3:30 p.m. shooting, Police Chief Daniel Garcia said.

The officer's name wasn't immediately released. Garcia said he was a 21-year veteran.

"The other officer is fighting for his life," Garcia said at a news conference. That officer, a nine-year veteran of the force, also hadn't been publicly identified by late Monday evening.

The shootout occurred after the suspect fled in a car, caused a three-vehicle collision, then ran away before exchanging gunfire with officers outside a check cashing and title loan business, authorities said.

"It was obvious that the guy was out of control," said Wayne Monton, who owns a nearby business and witnessed the shooting. "After the crash and the shooting, everybody just took off running. It was chaos."

The suspect came around a corner with a gun and a third officer fatally shot him, Detective James Holmes said.

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