Off-duty officer shot during armed robbery

PHOENIX, AZ – An off-duty police officer was hospitalized after being shot multiple times during an attempted armed robbery that took place at a Phoenix parking lot around 11:30 PM Friday night, police said.

The incident unfolded in the vicinity of 35th and Southern Avenues, where suspects reportedly tried to rob a vehicle. The off-duty officer, who was working at a nearby establishment, was alerted about the robbery in progress. He attempted to make contact with the individuals involved, police explained.

During this encounter, at least one person opened fire, hitting the officer multiple times. He was immediately transported to a hospital where, as of Saturday afternoon, he remains in stable condition undergoing treatment, according to authorities.

Reports indicated that the officer did not discharge his weapon during the incident. By the time backup arrived, the suspects had fled the scene. Authorities have not shared any information on potential suspects but have warned they are considered to be armed and dangerous.

Interim Phoenix Police Chief Michael Sullivan urged the people involved to come forward, vowing not to stop until they are apprehended and held accountable to the fullest degree of the law.

The ongoing investigation has led to a shutdown of the area, police stated, adding that it will be closed for an extended period of time. They requested anyone with information or footage related to the shooting to report to them.