No suspects found after gunshots reportedly fired toward police in West Phoenix

A police situation was underway near Loop 101 and McDowell Road outside of the Courtyard Marriott in West Phoenix after officers say gunshots were fired in their direction Saturday morning.

Officers were conducting a traffic stop near 95th Avenue and McDowell at around 6:45 a.m. on Aug. 21. While the police were out of their vehicles, they reportedly heard several gunshots in the area.

"The officers believed they were possibly directed at them," police said in a statement.

Authorities searched for a "potentially armed suspect" and surrounded an area filled with overgrown brush, giving commands to anyone that could have been hiding inside.

A police helicopter could be heard in the air saying, "This is the Phoenix Police Department. You are surrounded. We are searching with the police dog, he will find you and bite you. Come out with your hands up."

Ultimately, no suspects were found, and no arrests were made.

No injuries were reported.

On Aug. 23, the department released bodycam footage from the incident, showing officers protecting the people involved in the traffic stop.

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