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Category: Daily Happenings | Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 5:14 pm

No, I didn't get stopped. Some drug enforcement agents were investigating a case and ask the Prescott Police Dept. for help. They pulled over a car and the driver was acting strange so they got him out of the car. As they started to pat him down, he slugged one of the officers in the face and took off running into a vacant field. He turned and started shooting at the officers. The officers started shooting back. An alert citizen called 911 to report the shooting. We were at York to get the truck serviced and had just turned onto Hwy 69 when we had to pull over because about a dozen squad cars came up the hill, sirens blaring, lights flashing. We went about a half a block and again had to pull over for squad cars. We couldn't figure what happened to get so many squad cars involved. Traffic was snarled for the rest of the evening. We couldn't find out what happened as they weren't giving out any news. It was yesterday morning that we found out that the officer who didn't get punched in the face was hit in the chest by the suspect. Fortunately he was wearing a bulletproof vest and was just knocked down and bruised. The suspect was wounded in the arm and was tackled and brought down. Officers and suspect were transported to the hospital. All are going to be okay. Suspect was charged with attempted homicide, assault, and multiple drug charges. Two women and a man who remained in the car were taken to jail. It didn't say what their charges were going to be. Thank goodness the officer had on his vest. The officer who was slugged was treated for minor injuries. A policeman never knows what to expect when he does a traffic stop these days. These officers were expecting problems because drug enforcement had ask them to make the stop. It's fortunate it was along the highway not too crowded with buildings and occurred in the vacant lot instead of a residential neighborhood. The suspect was from the valley. It didn't say if drugs were found in the car. Even with all the traffic snarl which we had to go through to get to work we made it on time. Good thing we had decided to go the other way first. We missed the worst of it. There was no good way to go around the mess. Often here there is only one way to get somewhere without going miles out of your way. It's because of mountains and washes and no good way to build roads through them.


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toni wrote on Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:04 pm:

So glad the officer had the vest on, those have saved hundreds of lives.


eileen wrote on Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:41 pm:

Phew thank goodness no-one was seriously injured. The police have so much to deal with nowadays that I think bullet proof and stab proof vests should be given to each individual to wear whilst on duty.


glendann wrote on Thu Jan 24, 2008 9:23 pm:

I'm glad the officer had on his vest.They do have bullets now from what I understand that will go through the bullet proof vests.We have way to much
shooting of our officers.


Droopy wrote on Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:47 am:

Oh, my, such a horrible experience for the police officers. I'm glad nobody was killed. My thought was I'd rather be stuck in traffic than letting those drug dealers go free.

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