A Phoenix Police detective was shot several times while conducting a follow-up investigation inside an unmarked car.
A detective was inside her car when a vehicle pulled up next to her, slowed down, and two men got out. They pulled masks over their faces and fired 19 gunshots at the detective’s car, striking her multiple times.
The police officer’s ballistic vest saved her life. She had just seconds to put it on as she noticed the suspects approaching from her rearview mirror with guns in their hands.
Police found Ahmani Gordon and Aaron Ware at a home near 35th Avenue and Baseline Road where they were taken into custody. Police found multiple expended 9 mm and .40 caliber cartridges in Ware’s pocket and a .45 caliber pistol in the garage, according to court documents.
At a court hearing on June 15, Ahmani Gordon and Aaron Ware were charged with attempted first-degree murder. The two men are accused of shooting a police officer 19 times in an ambush Tuesday. Their bonds were set at $2 million.
The City Council member expressed anger about the recent shooting, saying that police officers have been targeted in the past six months.
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams spoke at a state Senate hearing on June 15 about gun violence.
Chief Williams said nine officers have been shot in the last six months, and 15 have been injured. He said the violence against law enforcement must stop, and that Phoenix’s homicide rate is up 24% from this time, last year.
Governor Doug Ducey had this to say:
Every day, our law enforcement officers leave their homes to protect us. Their selflessness should not be met with lawlessness. Nine @PhoenixPolice officers have been shot in the line of duty since December – this is utterly unacceptable. https://t.co/q4ckpv61wu
— Doug Ducey (@DougDucey) June 15, 2022
For more on this story, please consider these sources:
- Phoenix Police detective ambushed, shot several times; suspects arrested – Fox 10
- Wounded Phoenix officer ‘doing very well’; shooting suspects identified – KTAR
- 2 arrested in shooting of Phoenix police detective are charged with attempted murder – The Arizona Republic
- Phoenix Police officer shot, rushed to hospital – Fox 10