Search continues for suspects who shot DPS officer

Posted: Updated:
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Even as a wounded Department of Public safety officer continues to recover in the hospital, the search continues for the suspects who shot him in the face.

The Phoenix Police Department and DPS say the manhunt is their top priority.

This ongoing search goes back to early Wednesday morning when the officer, a six-year veteran whose name has not been released, stopped a Mercury Sable for having extremely dark window tinting.

After a brief conversation with the officer, somebody in the car shot him and then fired on two more DPS officers who responded to their colleague's radio call for help. Those officers, neither one of whom was injured, returned fire, hitting the car.

Law enforcement officers spent the morning scouring the Valley metro area for the car. They also issued a Blue Alert, which, like an Amber Alert, allows information about a suspect's vehicle to be posted on Valley freeways signs.

Hours after the shooting, police located the car near an abandoned home. It's a house with which police are familiar.

"We know that there's a history with that house," Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said. "That history is going to help us in this investigation and our attempts to identify these suspects and get them into custody."

At this point, police have not released any information about the five suspects.

The wounded DPS officer, who underwent five hours of surgery, remains in stable condition at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital. Doctors reportedly expect to keep him in the hospital for the next several days.

Related stories