Phoenix police are telling residents near 56th Street and Thomas Road to shelter in place after a police officer and citizen were shot.
The Phoenix police officer and citizen were shot in the intersection of Thomas Road and 56th Street on Tuesday, police said. Police were looking for up to six suspects, including two males and two females.
Police ask residents not to answer their door unless it is a police officer and call 911 if they see anything suspicious, said Assistant Police Chief Chuck Miiller.
“If you see something, say something,” according to a tweet from Sgt. Steve Martos, a spokesman with the Phoenix police.
The officer was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center and was in surgery, according to authorities. The officer and citizen were both in critical condition.
At a press conference, Sgt. Tommy Thompson said there was an armed robbery at 44th and Oak streets involving up to six robbers. Two of the robbers got into a maroon car and a police officer followed behind, Thompson said.
The car went through a red light and hit a white truck, Thompson said. The driver of the white truck attempted to help the officer arrest one of the suspected robbers, he said.
The officer and truck driver were shot with the officer’s gun, Miiller said.
Two people were arrested, Thompson said. One was arrested in the backyard of a home. Police are still looking for up to four more armed robbers.
While eating at the Ranch House Grill on Thomas Road, Don King said he saw a red car collide with a truck. He said an officer approached a large man and attempted to arrest him.
Another man joined the officer and appeared to try to help with the arrest. King said he heard a shot and saw the officer go down. He said he heard another shot and the other man fell.
King said he saw the shooter run down 56th Street to the neighborhood south of Thomas Road.
Police asked motorists to avoid the area between 44th and 56 streets and between Thomas and McDowell roads.
Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton was at the hospital waiting for details. He said it was a fluid situation and could not give additional details at this time.
Phoenix District 6 Councilman Sal DiCiccio posted on Facebook that he offered prayers for the police officer and citizen.
The shooting was on the Scottsdale and Phoenix border. Scottsdale police are also investigating the shooting, according to Officer David Pubins, a spokesman with the Scottsdale Police Department.
The scene remains active.
Earlier today in an unrelated incident, an off-duty Maricopa County Sheriff Deputy was shot.