A detention officer with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Phoenix, Arizona, was shot to death in his driveway Thursday morning. Sheriff Joe Arpaio will make a statement later today.
The incident happened about 4 a.m. local time. An aerial view showed the hood of the victim’s truck in the up position, and the driver’s side door was open. It is believed he was getting prepared to go to work.
Witnesses said they hear several shots, and witnessed what appeared to be a Hispanic man, around 20 years old, wearing a white t-shirt and black shorts, running from the area. That is the only information Phoenix police have regarding a suspect at this time.
“We’ve shared everything that we have with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said.
Police are attempting to gather information to ascertain if this was a random shooting, of if the officer was targeted because of his position with the MCSO
“At this point, we do not know the motive,” Crump said, making it clear that the investigation is just beginning. “There are no indications at this point that it is related to [the victim’s job]. I want to stress that. We don’t know the motive here.”
Police questioned residents throughout the surrounding area, but no one was taken into custody.