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Published on April 23, 2024
Two Suspects Indicted in Ambush Shooting of Off-Duty Phoenix Police OfficerSource: Google Street View

Two individuals have been slapped with a slew of felony charges after an 'ambush' attack on a Phoenix police officer. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office confirms that 17-year-old Mathew Rodriguez and 19-year-old Jamiah Thomas Mower are facing serious time for the shooting of Officer Harold Boswell, who was off-duty when he got caught in the crossfire near 35th and Southern Avenues on March 29.

Boswell was responding to a carjacking in progress when bullets started to fly. The accused duo reportedly pulled guns on two women trying to get into their car, but quickly turned their weapons on Boswell as he tried to intervene, prompting the officer to desperately try to take cover. Fortunately, Boswell, who was struck multiple times, never got a chance to fire back according to FOX 10 Phoenix.

These indictments come on the heels of a violent encounter which left Boswell hospitalized, though he has been released and is expected to bounce back fully. Rodriguez and Mower's laundry list of charges includes armed robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, and unlawful discharge of a firearm, as recorded by 12 News.

"Officer Boswell is a hero who was trying to help two victims being threatened at gunpoint," Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell was quoted to say by both news outlets. These statements underscore the severity of the situation that quickly escalated to a near-fatal shooting. Rodriguez, who is being charged as an adult despite his age, along with Mower, could to face a lengthy prison sentence if convicted of these charges.

A third teen, connected to the incident, is also being processed in juvenile court. Meanwhile, the two main suspects are now to contend with the weight of the justice system bearing down on them.