PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A suspect is in custody after sources tell CBS 5 Investigates a court security officer was wounded in a drive-by shooting at the federal courthouse in Phoenix on Tuesday.

According to the FBI, the shooting happened around 11:30 a.m., outside the Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse in downtown Phoenix. The officer was working for the U.S. Marshals and was checking a UPS truck that was making a delivery into the federal building. The UPS driver was talking to the officer when three bullets hit his truck.

"When he heard the gunshots, he went down to the ground and he heard them hit his vehicle on the passenger side but he also saw one of the federal marshals hit the ground and grab his chest," said Mitchell Gallagher, a UPS union representative.

Gallagher said he got on the phone with the driver as soon as he could.

"He was a little scared, there's no doubt about it. That's why, I don't believe he could have run anywhere so he stayed on his belly for a little while," said Gallagher.

Shooting outside federal courthouse in downtown Phoenix

A court security officer reportedly was shot outside the Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse in downtown Phoenix.

The driver told Gallegher that after the officer fell to the ground, he bounced back up and started firing at the suspect, who drove off.

"Thank God for the federal marshal had his vest on so we're very thankful for that," said Gallegher.

The Phoenix Police Department released a photo of a silver car that was spotted leaving the area. Investigators believe it might have been the suspect's vehicle. Shortly after sending out that photo, Sgt. Ann Justus of the Phoenix Police Department said the investigation has been turned over to the FBI.

Around 2 p.m., the FBI said there was a person in custody in connection to the shooting but didn't reveal any more details.

"There is no further information to suggest there is a continued threat to public safety," Jill McCabe with the FBI said in a statement.

Federal courthouse drive-by shooting

Suspect vehicle involved in shooting at federal courthouse. 

The officer was taken to the hospital; his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, according to Justus. He was later released from the hospital. Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel tweeted out on Tuesday evening the shooting was "reprehensible and inexcusable."

The federal courthouse is located southeast of Seventh Avenue and Van Buren Street.

 

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