Woman accused of hindering shooting investigation

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The manhunt for suspects who shot and wounded an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer during a traffic stop and got into a gunbattle with responding officers has led to the arrest of a woman who authorities say was hurt in the shootout.

Valeria S. Jaime, 24, was treated for a gunshot wound before she was booked into jail early Friday, said Officer James Holmes, a Phoenix police spokesman.

She was arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution after being interviewed by investigators looking into the early Wednesday shooting in Phoenix, police and Maricopa County sheriff's spokesmen said.

A probable cause statement released after Jaime's initial court appearance Friday said police believe her boyfriend was the shooter and she wouldn't provide details of what happened.

"Detectives determined this suspect's actions following the shooting of the DPS officer and her statements at interview were a furtive effort to mislead detectives and hinder the investigation," Holmes said.

Jaime was being released on her own recognizance with supervision restrictions and doesn't have a lawyer yet.

A second woman detained Thursday for questioning was released. But police said they also wanted to speak with three other persons of interest - two men and a woman - about the incident.

The shooting occurred after the officer pulled over a Mercury Sable with dark window tint at about 3 a.m. Wednesday near an Interstate 17 frontage road. At some point during the stop, an occupant in the car opened fire on the officer and shot him in the face.

The officer had radioed for backup, and the arriving officers engaged in a shootout with people in the car before they fled. The DPS has not identified the wounded officer, but said he's 44 years old and married and a six-year department veteran.

An active search for the other suspects is underway.

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