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Published on June 11, 2024
Show Low Standoff: DPS SWAT Officer Involved in Shooting, Suspect ApprehendedSource: Google Street View

A standoff with a barricaded suspect in Show Low, Arizona led to a trooper-involved shooting yesterday, law enforcement officials reported. The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Special Operations District SWAT Team had been brought in to assist local authorities on the scene near highway US-60 and Apache County Road 3095.

According to the official account from AZDPS, officers from the White Mountain Regional SWAT Team and Apache County Sheriff’s Office first encountered the individual on Sunday evening. Around 8:50 p.m., the suspect was reportedly firing at deputies which triggered a request for additional support, this sequence of events set the stage for the confrontation that unfolded into the early hours of the following day with the suspect and officials engaged in prolonged negotiations.

Negotiations carried on for hours but took a sudden turn when the suspect began shooting at the DPS SWAT personnel shortly after 2:40 a.m. In the face of gunfire, a trooper returned fire, culminating in the suspect's apprehension and subsequent transportation to a medical facility in the Phoenix area for treatment, as detailed by AZDPS officials.

Remarkably, no members of law enforcement sustained injuries during the incident, despite the exchange of gunfire and potential risks inherent in such situations, confirmations from law enforcement underline the gravity of the episode and call attention to the perils faced by officers in the line of duty in urgent circumstances like these.

The AZDPS Major Incident Division has taken charge of the investigation into this critical incident. Updates on the condition of the suspect or further details pertaining to the cause of the initial gunfire were not immediately available. Law enforcement agencies are expected to release more information as the investigation progresses.