A critically wounded Phoenix police detective who lay bleeding on the pavement returned fire, striking the suspect who had also shot the detective's partner while the two officers were attempting to arrest the ex-convict on an outstanding warrant.
Phoenix police shooting occurred during a shootout with 28-year-old William Thornton. Thornton was also killed during the shootout. He opened fire on the officers when the tried to arrest him on an outstanding warrant.
The suspect in the Phoenix police shooting attempted to flee in a vehicle when officers spotted him during a surveillance operation of a business. Thornton crashed into three vehicles and then tried to run away. He opened fire on the police. Officer Hobbs and his partner returned fire, killing Thornton.
Neither officer was wearing a bullet proof vest at the time of the shooting. The police commended the officers, calling them "heroic." As members of the Phoenix police department's Major Offenders Bureau, it was their job to track down and apprehend some of the worst criminals.
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