CHANDLER, Ariz. – Chandler police have surrounded a home where a suspect who they believe shot two officers this morning is barricaded.
Police say the first shooting occurred just after 1 a.m. northeast of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard, azfamily reported.
According to the Chandler Police Department, officers were patrolling the area when they saw a “suspicious” person. As one of the officers approached the suspect in the middle of the street, he took off running, turning and firing three or four shots. The officer was hit and taken to the hospital. His unspecified wounds were described as non-life-threatening. CPD tweeted a few hours after the shooting that its wounded officer had been released from the hospital and was recovering at home.
During the shooting, one of the suspect’s rounds reportedly hit a nearby home.
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Shortly after 7 a.m., shots reportedly rang out again, 100 yards from the original scene, azfamily reported.
“The Chandler Police Department is investigating another officer-involved shooting, which we believe is tied to the first incident’s suspect,” Detective Seth Tyler said.
Tyler said the second injured officer was awake and alert when he was taken to the hospital. That officer was searching the area for the suspect when he was wounded.
Police say the suspect is described as a man about 6 feet in height with light skin, wearing black shorts and a white shirt. Anyone with information is asked to call the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4130. Investigators are specifically asking if anybody in the neighborhood has video of the shooting.
UPDATE: A total of three officers were wounded in an exchange of gunfire with the suspect. They are expected to recover from their injuries. The gunman was later arrested running from a burning house. Read more.