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Gunman Kills Two Civilians, Wounds Two Phoenix Police Officers

Phoenix, AZ – Two people were fatally shot and two Phoenix police officers were wounded during a gunfight with a suspect in north Phoenix on Sunday night.

Phoenix police said the incident occurred at about 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 28 at the Days Inn located near 26th Ave and Deer Valley, just west of Interstate 17, KTVK reported.

Officers said the suspect was wearing full tactical gear, including a ballistic vest and helmet, when he walked out of the hotel and started firing a semiautomatic rifle.

Investigators said the suspect tried to throw a Molotov cocktail at the hotel, but it did not ignite, KTVK reported.

Police said the suspect was firing at a nearby business when a car pulled into the parking lot.

Then the gunman fatally shot the man and woman in the vehicle, KTVK reported.

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said that when officers arrive on the scene, there was an exchange of gunfire with the suspect.

Chief Williams said two officers were wounded by gunfire, KTVK reported.

Both were rushed to the hospital for treatment and the police chief said both were alert and expected to survive their wounds.

Police said three other people who were in the area when the suspect began shooting sustained various wounds from the flying shrapnel, KTVK reported.

The gunman was found dead nearby.

The police chief said it was not yet known whether the gunman’s death was self-inflicted, KTVK reported.

“Once again, this is another example of gun violence in our community,” Chief Williams told reporters at a media briefing after the incident.

“How many more officers have to be shot?” the police chief asked. “How many more community members have to be killed before those in our community take a stand? This is not a Phoenix police issue. This is a community issue. If not now, when?”

Officials have not yet released the names of the two people who were killed, nor have they identified the gunman, KTVK reported.

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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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