Graham County sheriff wounded during traffic stopPosted: Updated:
THATCHER, Ariz. -- A southeastern Arizona sheriff is expected to be released from a hospital later today after being shot with a shotgun.
A Graham County sheriff's official says Sheriff Frank Hughes is going to be fine -- that a bulletproof vest took all the trauma from the blast.
The shooting occurred last night around 11:30 north of Thatcher after Hughes stopped to help a driver whose vehicle was pulled over with either its trunk or hood open.
Hughes reached into his own vehicle, possibly to get a flashlight, when the motorist walked up behind him with a shotgun and pointed it in the sheriff's face. A sheriff's official says Hughes managed to pull the gun down toward his body before the gunman fired.
Authorities are looking for a dark blue Nissan sedan occupied by a man and a woman that was involved in the shooting.
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