Officer wounded in Glendale shooting released from hospital

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by 3TV

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Posted on June 20, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 24 at 3:09 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Glendale police officer who was shot while chasing a suspect earlier this week has been released from the hospital.

Police said Saturday that officer Wes Zygmont is back at home and receiving support and care from his family and fellow officers.

It's not yet known when he will be able to return to work.

Zygmont was wounded and his K-9 partner was killed Thursday night while chasing a man who was allegedly firing shots in a Glendale neighborhood. The suspect also was shot and killed.

It started shortly before 7 p.m. with a call from employees of a Circle K in the area 51st and Glendale avenues. They reported a man who was refusing to leave the store. When officers arrived on the scene, the man ran away, jumping over a fence and fleeing into the neighborhood.

"A foot pursuit was initiated and additional officers to include K9 officers responded to the scene and established a perimeter to search for the subject," Officer Tracey Breeden of the Glendale Police Department said in a news release. "Witnesses reported the subject was armed with a handgun and was threatening citizens with the weapon as he ran through the neighborhood."

Neighbor Richard Tienda told 3TV the man jumped into a backyard where a child was present, which is when Tienda confronted the suspect.

“He was just laying there and he was breathing really hard and everything, and I said, ‘Man, you got to get out of here, out of this house, you’ve got to get out of this yard.’ And he’s like ‘I want to go inside,’” Tienda recalled.

The suspect eventually jumped another fence, landing in another backyard where he hid under a trampoline. Officers say he refused to come out and opened fire when they released a police dog.

The suspect was shot during the confrontation and died overnight. He was identified as Jourdan Akili Wagner, 20.

According to Breeden, K-9 Officer Wes Zygmont was shot in the hand.

His K-9 partner, Ronin, was shot and died overnight.

Ronin was the newest addition to Glendale's K-9 team. He was 23 months old and served the department for three months. He was a Holland-born Belgian Malinois.

"Ronin's valiant efforts protecting the lives of Glendale Officers and Glendale citizens during this violent incident will not be forgotten," Breeden said.

Zygmont is a 13-year veteran officer with the Glendale Police Department.

Officer Kevin Robertson, an eight-year veteran officer, and Officer Jason Chambers, a seven-year veteran officer with the Glendale Police Department, are on paid administrative leave for a few days, as is standard practice in officer-involved shooting situations.

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