On Thursday September 29, 2016 at approximately 8:22 pm, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office responded to an officer involved shooting in Willcox of a Willcox Police Department officer.
According to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, a Willcox Police Department officer saw a vehicle travelling without headlights and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle did stop and the driver got out of the car and approached the officer, before getting back into his car and leaving the area. The Officer attempted to stop the vehicle again at which time a chase ensued.
A second Willcox Police Department unit joined in the pursuit before the vehicle parked at a residence in Willcox. The driver got out of the vehicle a second time and pointed a handgun at one of the officers, firing one time before both officers returned fire.
The first officer was struck in the upper chest area and his ballistic vest deflected the round up towards his collar bone. The officer was transported to a Cochise County Hospital for treatment of a minor wound.
The suspect, an unnamed 69 year old Willcox man, was transported to a Tucson hospital for treatment of what appears to be non-life threatening injuries.
Both Willcox Police Department officers have been placed on paid administrative leave according to policy and will remain on leave pending the conclusion of this investigation.