PD: Man shot after assaulting Phoenix police officer

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Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting near Seventh Avenue and Dobbins Road. By Jennifer Thomas Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting near Seventh Avenue and Dobbins Road. By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A man was shot after he reportedly assaulted a Phoenix police sergeant Tuesday morning.

The sergeant was driving an unmarked car on Seventh Avenue near Dobbins Road in South Phoenix around 7:15 a.m. when he noticed a suspicious man in the middle of his lane. The sergeant pulled over and asked why he was in the road and if he needed help.

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump said the 26-year-old suspect made unintelligible comments and then reached in through the open window to open the passenger-side door of the police car. The suspect entered the vehicle and punched the sergeant in the face and head.

Crump said the sergeant fought back and removed his firearm from the holster. He shot the man once in the lower left chest area.

The suspect got out of the car and walked a short distance before collapsing. He was taken to a local hospital and is listed in serious but stable condition.

He will be booked for felony charges upon release from the hospital.

The 39-year-old sergeant was taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons. He was treated for facial lacerations and other minor injuries then released.

The incident happened as the sergeant was coming back from the Police Academy. He was not wearing a police uniform but had on a shirt with a police insignia.

"There was a verbal exchange of profanity directed at the officer, which is how we believe that he knew that he was a police officer even though he was unmarked," Crump said.

At this time, no names have been released, but Crump said the sergeant has been with the Police Department for 14 years.