2 Females detained in DPS officer shooting; 3 people wanted for questioningPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Authorities say two women have been detained for questioning in the shooting of an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer.
Phoenix police didn't immediately release the names of the women Thursday night.
One woman has a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her upper body, according to police.
They say three other people still are being sought for questioning in the shooting early Wednesday. They are 39-year-old Ramon L. Bueno, a Hispanic male; 26-year-old Danny Angel Vargas, a Hispanic male and 29-year-old Vanessa C. Martinez, a Hispanic female.
The six-year DPS veteran was shot in the face after conducting a traffic stop near an Interstate 17 frontage road.
Police said the officer obtained information on the vehicle occupants and called for backup after that information came up suspicious.
After two additional officers responded, someone in the vehicle opened fire, striking the initial officer in the face.
Police say officers returned fire and then attended to the wounded officer.
Police say the vehicle circled the block and returned to the scene, resulting in another shootout.
The suspects fled in a vehicle, which was found abandoned hours later.
"The suspect or suspects were brazen enough to fire on the officer that was injured and then the two officers that were there in support on two separate incidents," said Phoenix police spokesman Officer James Holmes. "It was very surprising for all of us to find that out as we concluded the on-scene investigation, and this makes these folks even more dangerous."
Police believe Bueno, Vargas and Martinez were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting but are not calling them suspects at this point.
According to Arizona Department of Corrections records, they recently served time in prison for armed robbery.
Police say the DPS officer remains hospitalized in stable condition and they won't release his identity until all five suspects have been arrested.
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