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Phoenix Officer Shot, Suspect Arrested


PHOENIX (AP) -- Police say a gunman who wounded a Phoenix police officer investigating a disturbance at a trailer park early Saturday has been arrested after an hours-long standoff with a SWAT team. 

The suspect, 26-year-old Joseph Sandoval, is facing charges of multiple aggravated assaults.

Sandoval has been in trouble with the law before on theft and burglary charges. He also had an outstanding warrant for violating parole.

There could be more charges, pending a review by the county attorney.

Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Martos said Sandoval, who had been holed up in a trailer near 30th Street and Van Buren for more than four hours, surrendered just before 5 a.m.

SWAT team members had surrounded the trailer at the park about three miles east of downtown after the officer was shot while investigating a trespassing call.

The injured officer was pulled from the line of fire by fellow officers and driven to Maricopa Medical Center by a sergeant, Martos said. His injuries were considered life-threatening, but doctors were able to stabilize his condition in surgery. He was still in stable condition Saturday night.

He was one of two officers fired at while investigating reports that several people were in a trailer that was supposed to be vacant, Martos said. Neighbors thought the people were damaging the trailer.

Most of them fled as the officers arrived.

"As they approached the trailer, one officer was met by gunfire and was struck multiple times," Martos told The Associated Press.

The other officer was unhurt but pinned down for more than an hour as "the suspect continued to fire rounds," Martos said.

Eventually, other officers were able to provide enough cover for the officer to safely withdraw.

The gunshots apparently came from the weapon held by the suspect, because Phoenix police told Fox 10 that they didn't fire a single shot.

“We weren’t sure how many rounds he had inside. He had really no care for life in this particular trailer park or the people that lived here. He was just firing rounds randomly,” Martos said.

No one else was hurt, but several adults and children in the trailer park were evacuated and forced to wait outside in the cold for hours.

“My Mom, my nephews, my cousin, everything -- we had to evacuate the property in less than five seconds,” said neighbor Miguel Iterrale.

Countless bullet holes penetrated the sides of the trailer, along with other trailers. Police said the officer who was shot was hit four times.

The injured officer's name wasn't released, but Martos described him as being 30 and with the department for nearly four years.




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