Sketch released in killing of detention officer

Posted: Updated:
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
Officer Jorge Vargas By Jennifer Thomas Officer Jorge Vargas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police have released a composite sketch of a possible suspect in the shooting death of a Maricopa County Sheriff's detention officer.

A witness in the area reported seeing a subject who possibly matched the suspect's description. The witness was able to provide enough information to a forensic artist who created a composite drawing.

Police said Jorge Vargas, 27, died after being shot in the driveway of his Phoenix home while he prepared to head to work on Thursday morning.

Vargas was rushed to a hospital after the 4 a.m. attack and died a short time later. A man was seen running from the scene after neighbors heard shots.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 18 to 25 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, 155 to 160 pounds with a "buzz" haircut.

Phoenix police said no one was in custody and there was no information on a motive.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Vargas was an eight-year veteran who worked for the Sheriff's Office Custody Support Bureau in the jail's food factory, but he often came into contact with inmates.

He wouldn't speculate about whether Vargas' killing may have been related to his work, but said his office was assisting Phoenix police in the investigation, including gathering intelligence from the jails.

Call 480-WITNESS with any information about the suspect. A $1,000 reward is being offered in the case.

The Associated Press Contributed to this story