A sheriff deputy is recovering on Sunday after he was shot early on Saturday morning during a traffic stop.
Officials say the deputy was operating a DUI patrol on Price and University roads in Tempe when the shooter opened fire and took off.
We've seen a disturbing trend around the country of random violence against law enforcement officers, this one just hits a little closer to home.
Now, MCSO promises to bring whoever did this to justice.
At around 2:00 a.m. Saturday, during an annual "Cinco de Mayo" DUI checkpoint operation, an MCSO deputy was shot multiple times.
Sheriff Joe Arpiao says this is all part of the war on cops, which needs to end.
"It's getting out of hand, when you have people going around shooting cops, just shot my deputy for no reason?"
The deputy, a husband and father, was just doing his job when the suspected shooter's car came out of nowhere and opened fire.
"Quite frankly, I'm a little angry, says Arpaio. “I think I deserve to be angry, I'm sure many more people are angry."
Now as the deputy recovers, his law enforcement peers work tirelessly to hunt down whoever is responsible.
"I'm a little angry that this happened for no reason that I can think of, but when we catch the guy we may find the reason why."
And until justice is served, Sheriff Joe says the deputy and his family are counting their blessings.
"He's in good spirits, and fortunately it was not worse, it could have been much worse."
The deputy is in stable condition tonight.
If you have any information about the case you're asked to call MCSO immediately.