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Phoenix police officer shot, killed; suspect in custody

by Michael Ferraresi and Ian Sullivan - May. 26, 2010 12:08 PM

The Arizona Republic

A Phoenix Police officer was shot and killed while searching for a man near Indian School Road and 19th Avenue early Wednesday morning.

Officer Travis P. Murphy, 29, was shot about 1:30 a.m. He had a wife and children ages 2 years old and 2 weeks old.

The line-of-duty death marks the first in Phoenix since an officer was fatally wounded by a drunken driver in 2008.

The shooting apparently stemmed from an earlier call about shots being fired in northwest Phoenix, though investigators were still trying piece together what happened, said Sgt. Trent Crump, a spokesman for the department.

After a call was sent out to other officers, a Mustang with front-end damage was spotted near 19th Avenue and Indian School.

Several minutes later, the Mustang was apparently backed into a carport and covered with tarp in the 1900 block of west Fairmount Avenue.

Murphy and his partner went to the home to investigate. The officers went on opposite sides of the house.

Murphy found a man, who opened fire on him. Several shots were fired, though it wasn't clear if Murphy returned fire.

Fellow officers did not wait for an ambulance and instead put the wounded officer in a police car and took him to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

Tactical teams and police dog found the suspected gunman hiding naked in a shed nearby the home, Crump said. Officers fired rubber bullets to subdue the man.

He has been taken to police headquarters. The man has not been cooperative with police and authorities have not released further details about the identity of the man. Murphy was pronounced dead at 3:30 a.m.

Phoenix Law Enforcement Association President Mark Spencer said the suspect was a man in his early 30s from the Tucson area who had prior felony convictions. Crump said the man was apparently a legal resident of the United States.

Crump said officers were shocked by the news and prepared for a Memorial Day weekend of mourning.

"It makes the day so somber because they know what's coming up this weekend," Crump said. Phoenix Public Safety Manager Jack Harris canceled a meeting in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder about immigration issues and planned to return to the Valley Wednesday.

"A car speeding down the street, there's nothing dangerous or serious about that, but the potential for violence never goes away," Spencer said. "There is no such thing as a routine traffic stop." Officers have found a handgun that is believed to be used to shoot Murphy and other evidence on the scene, police said.

The police are not actively looking for any other suspects.

http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix...l#ixzz0p45HDLwN

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11 rounds in the abdomen and groin from the suspect's AR15 and 2 rounds from the Officer's 40 cal. How do you spell out gunned? TRADGEDY! :angelsad:angelsad

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That sucks. I'm hope the suspect if found to be guilty has a "Training accident".

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That sucks. I'm hope the suspect if found to be guilty has a "Training accident".

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Desertdawg

Sad, and with a very young family waiting at home... :angelsad:

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Guest azz061

Why are we using rubber bullets! You kill a cop you should be killed on the spot! Dam if this happened to the MCSO that guy would be dead! Wow such a tragedy i could never thank are LE enough for what they do!

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Why are we using rubber bullets! You kill a cop you should be killed on the spot!

I can't disagree with your comment Mike but I have to commend those Officers who were present during the apprehension. If you've never been put in that position just imagine the asshole in front of you just killed a family member and you have to maintain enough to not cap him on sight. I like to think it speaks to the professionalism of AZ law enforcement officers.

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I can't disagree with your comment Mike but I have to commend those Officers who were present during the apprehension. If you've never been put in that position just imagine the asshole in front of you just killed a family member and you have to maintain enough to not cap him on sight. I like to think it speaks to the professionalism of AZ law enforcement officers.

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wickedfastvette

Why are we using rubber bullets! You kill a cop you should be killed on the spot!

I can't disagree with your comment Mike but I have to commend those Officers who were present during the apprehension. If you've never been put in that position just imagine the asshole in front of you just killed a family member and you have to maintain enough to not cap him on sight. I like to think it speaks to the professionalism of AZ law enforcement officers.

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