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Court Security Officer Shot In Drive-By At Federal Courthouse

Phoenix, AZ – Police have arrested a man they believe was responsible for a drive-by shooting in front of the federal courthouse in Phoenix on Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 15 in front of the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse on the corner of Washington Street and Fourth Avenue, KTAR reported.

Authorities said a federal court security officer under contract to the U.S. Marshals Service was shot.

“One person has been transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries,” Phoenix Police Sergeant Ann Justus said, according to the Phoenix Patch.

Law enforcement officials told the Associated Press that the officer was struck in their ballistic vest.

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio tweeted that the officer returned fire at the fleeing vehicle and expressed shock at what had happened.

“Make no mistake, this is a direct result of the extremist anti-police attacks we have seen from BLM and Antifa across the country,” DiCiccio tweeted. “This insanity needs to stop.”

Police released pictures of the suspect’s vehicle and announced an arrest had been made in the case shortly after 2 p.m., the Phoenix Patch reported.

Phoenix police announced the investigation has been turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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