A gunbattle erupted during an undercover drug operation at a south Phoenix home Wednesday night, killing one Chandler police officer and wounding two others.
A Phoenix police spokesman says two suspects died at the scene, two others are hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries and two more are detained and being questioned.
All three officers were from the Chandler Police Department. Authorities say one of the officers was later pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. One of the wounded officers is in critical condition at the same hospital while the other is in stable condition.
Authorities say the names of the officers were being withheld until their families can be notified.
TV news helicopters showed the three officers being taken out of the home on stretchers about 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Phoenix police say two of the suspects were pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not disclose details of the drug bust or what triggered the shootout.
The Chandler officer’s death marks the third on-duty death of a Valley police officer this year.
In January, Gilbert Police Lt. Eric Shuhandler was shot near Baseline Road and Val Vista Drive while making a vehicle stop on a car that had an obstructed license plate.
The getaway driver, Daimen Irizarry, 30, was found guilty just last week of charges connected to Shuhandler’s death. The passenger in Irizarry’s vehicle, Christopher Redondo, 35, is set to go on trial next year. His charges include first-degree murder, aggravated assault and drive-by shooting. He is facing the death penalty.
Phoenix Police Officer Travis Murphy was shot and killed in May while investigating a suspicious vehicle. Danny Ledezma Martinez, 30, faces charges of first-degree murder and weapons violations in connection to the case.