Ariz. probation officer shot by suspect wearing hockey mask

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Authorities are looking for a person who shot an Arizona probation officer in the leg early Tuesday in southern Utah.

It happened at about 6:20 a.m., St. George police said. The male officer from Mohave County was shot in the upper leg and was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.

His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, officials said.

The suspect was described as 6 feet tall with a slender build, but authorities say it's unclear whether the shooter was a man or woman. The suspect was wearing a black hoodie, black pants and a white hockey mask. Officials haven't said whether the person was on probation or parole.

Police Sgt. Sam Despain said it's not unusual for an Arizona probation officer to be in St. George because the cities are so close. St. George is in Utah's southwest corner, about 10 miles north of the Arizona border.

Mohave County Court Administrator Kip Anderson said the county's probation department is still investigating.

The officer was on the job at the time of the shooting, but Anderson said they have not yet determined whether the shooting was related to probation-activities.

Anderson said the county keeps two full-time probation officers in St. George to monitor the Arizona Strip.

Mohave County has not released the identity of the officer, Anderson said.

Anderson said probation officers are generally safe when doing their jobs.

"They sometimes get into situations where people get upset and mad," Anderson said. "But I believe this is the first time we've had a probation officer shot while on duty."

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