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.
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
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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.
AZDPS detectives seek public assistance locating this vehicle, believed to be a silver 2008-2013 Infinity model G-37 with custom wheels. It has a temporary plate & appears to have chipped paint below the license plate area. If seen, please call 9-1-1 immediately. pic.twitter.com/17xfuEp72S— Dept. of Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) September 17, 2020
Here's the media briefing about the incident:
Teen arrested, second suspect at large after ambush of DPS troopers in Phoenix | Arizona News | https://t.co/0bxoWVu19A https://t.co/DW84xCmLui— HEATHER D DELLIGATTI (@delligatti_d) September 18, 2020
They need to sign in the death penalty to these people who attack police officers. It needs to stop.
Car pulls up to troopers and teen passenger shoots at them in Phoenix ambush; one arrested, police on manhunt for driver https://t.co/ZTqufwrWLK— TheBlaze (@theblaze) September 18, 2020