PD: Sergeant seriously injured in Phoenix shooting, suspect dead

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From L to R: Sgt. Robert Livingston and suspect Stephen Hudak (Source: Glendale Police Department) From L to R: Sgt. Robert Livingston and suspect Stephen Hudak (Source: Glendale Police Department)
Police say detective Bret McLeod was another officer involved in the shooting.(Source: Glendale Police Department) Police say detective Bret McLeod was another officer involved in the shooting.(Source: Glendale Police Department)
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Phoenix police are investigating an officer-involved shooting near 43rd Avenue and Hatcher Road where a police sergeant was shot in the chest.

Glendale police identified the officer shot as Robert Livingston, a 23-year veteran with the department. Police say Livingston is at a hospital, where he is in serious condition. 

[PHOTO: Glendale police Sgt. Robert Livingston]

Ofc. Tiffany Smith with Glendale Police said officers were serving a warrant on a violent suspect, identified as 44-year-old Stephen Hudak. Smith said Hudak fired shots at the officers, striking Livingston. 

Police say that Hudak was a repeat offender and was convicted on several charges including third-degree burglary, aggravated criminal damage, theft and resisting arrest. Hudak also had a violent criminal history as well as a history of fleeing from police. 

[PHOTO: Stephen Hudak]

The suspect then ran off to a nearby business. 

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Phoenix police were able to catch up to Hudak and the suspect fired shots at them, Smith said. Phoenix officers fired back at the suspect, striking and killing him.

[PHOTO: Glendale police detective Bret McLeod]

"The next thing you know, the officers came rushing around me," said Amy Dycus, who was in the area picking up her son from school. Several nearby schools were placed on lockdown. She said she heard four to five gunshots.

"Panicking and other parents are panicking, they can't get through, they don’t know whats going on, so it’s a scary thing," Dycus said.

According to Glendale police, there were three other officers that were involved in the shooting. They were identified as detective Jimmy Carlo, a 21-year veteran officer, detective Bret McLeod, a 17-year veteran officer and detective David Turley. 

Glendale Police Chief Rick St. John released a statement after he visited Livingston at the hospital.

“Sergeant Livingston is still recovering in the hospital from his injuries and we are praying for a full recovery. The Glendale Police Department family will continue to remain by his side throughout his road ahead. We are truly blessed by the heroic acts of Detective Turley and Detective Carlo. Their quick thinking and clear heads under extreme duress allowed them to immediately apply critical lifesaving first aid to Sergeant Livingston and we are forever indebted to them. Thank you to the community and our law enforcement families for all the support and love we have received since this began.”

Glendale police officials have thanked the public for the support and are inviting the public to sign a well wishes banner for Livingston at their main station lobby located near 57th and Glendale avenues

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