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  • DPS: 17-year-old arrested after ambushing trooper with mini AK-47 in Phoenix

    DPS: 17-year-old arrested after ambushing trooper with mini AK-47 in Phoenix

    A 17-year-old boy was arrested after firing at an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper on Thursday morning in Phoenix, the department said. No one was injured in the shooting.

    H/T: azcentral

    The trooper was sitting in his vehicle alone, "uninvolved," when "completely, unexpectedly he was ambushed," Silbert said. The trooper is a detective and was in an unmarked vehicle but was wearing a vest that said "police," according to DPS. 

    A driver in a silver Infiniti with custom wheels and temporary plates pulled up alongside the trooper's vehicle and honked the horn, at which point the passenger got out of the Infiniti and shot an AK47 assault pistol at the trooper, Silbert said.

    Pictured: AK-47 Draco Pistol

    More from KTAR:

    The suspected shooter, identified as 17-year-old Luis German Espinoza Acuna, was taken into custody and the weapon was seized, but the search for the driver, believed to be a Hispanic male in his late teens, continues. No injuries were reported.

    “There was no question, it was an ambush,” Silbert said.

    The Blue Alert was activated around noon, triggering alarms on cellphones across the Valley. The Blue Alert is a rarely used system that DPS can use when a suspect is on the loose after a law enforcement officer has been assaulted.

    Here's the media briefing about the incident:

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