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BREAKING: Phoenix mayor: Suspect arrested in shooting of police officer

BREAKING: Phoenix mayor: Suspect arrested in shooting of police officer

By Anya Rogers and Ben Margiott for AZCentral

Phoenix police have apprehended a suspect in the shooting of a police officer Wednesday morning, according to a tweet from Mayor Greg Stanton.

The arrest took place at a residence near 11th Street and Indian School Road early in the afternoon.

Stanton's tweet said the officer was out of surgery and is expected to recover from his wounds. Earlier, police officials said the patrolman's bulletproof vest likely saved his life.

About 2:45 a.m., the officer, whose name was not released, was shot several times during a traffic stop near 12th Street and Campbell, not far from the site where the suspect was arrested.

The officer was conducting a traffic stop for a routine violation and was shot within a minute.  Sgt. Jonathan Howard, a police spokesman, said other officers responded and found the officer in the roadway with multiple gunshot wounds.

The shooter fled the area. A 1997 gold Ford Thunderbird was found nearby, Howard said.

Police mounted a house-to-house search for the shooter between Seventhand 16th streets, from Campbell to Indian School Road.

No further details were immediately available. Check back at azcentral for updates.

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