Detention officer wounded, suspect killed in shooting during traffic stop

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PHOENIX -- A Maricopa County Sheriff's detention officer was wounded and a suspect was killed when a traffic stop escalated into a shooting Saturday night.

It happened at about 9 p.m., when deputies pulled over a speeding motorcyclist in the northbound lanes of Interstate 17 at Northern Avenue.

According to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, his deputies quickly realized that the rider, later identified as Charles Ray Dansby, was probably impaired.

Deputies handcuffed Dansby, but he somehow managed to get to his gun from his belt and point it at the deputies.

Deputies opened fire, killing Dansby. It's not clear how many shots were fired in the course of the incident.

As the bullets flew, a detention officer was hit in the foot.

MCSO has not identified the wounded officer, but said he is expected to recover.

Arpaio said he's grateful the officer's injury was not serious.

"Nothing is routine in law enforcement. Whether it's a minor crime or a serious crime, you never know when you're pulling people over. It's always a dangerous situation ...," Arpaio said. "We're all professionals. We know that when you took an oath of office that that could happen at any time. Fortunately, our officer was not seriously wounded. He's going to lose his toe, but it could have been worse."

Arpaio said Dansby has a long criminal history dating back to 1979.

I-17 at Northern Avenue was closed overnight while deputies conducted their investigation. That section of the freeway has since re-opened.