PHOENIX – A dangerous scene unfolded in a Glendale neighborhood near 43rd Avenue and Olive this morning after shots were fired and a police officer was injured.
Officer Tiffany Smith says a multi-agency task force was attempting to arrest a violent suspect with multiple felony warrants. As they encountered that suspect, the individual fired shots and a Glendale police sergeant was struck.
The male suspect then fled the area on foot.
Just last month the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) took a stand on inaccuracies mouthed by the Phoenix Mayor. Over the years, the City of Phoenix has lost numerous officers and had several others injured as a result of open border and sanctuary city policies that facilitate ease of unlawful entry into the country. As one of four border states, Arizona sees high amounts of human trafficking, drug trafficking, illegal immigration and higher rates of violent crime that typically accompany this type of activity.
“While Police Officers are fighting for their lives like the Glendale Police Sergeant who was shot today, it is incomprehensible for elected officials to make derogatory and untrue remarks,” Dave Giles, CD 9 Candidate, remarked. Quoting the PLEA Letter, Giles continued:
“For far too long, law enforcement officers in America have had to put up with anti-police sentiment at all levels of government. At the national level our federal partners in ICE and Border Patrol have had to work under government-imposed restrictions that have hindered their ability to effectively perform their jobs to adequately protect the nation.
Mayor Stanton’s comments with regard to turning the Phoenix Police Department into a mass deportation force is baseless and inflammatory. The Phoenix Police Department has a sound, detailed, well written policy in its Operations Orders regarding enforcement of illegal immigration. Despite what politicians may think or want, police officers have to uphold their oaths of office and operate according to the rule of law. Presidential Executive Orders are federal law that cannot be disregarded simply because they do not comport with someone’s political agenda.
PLEA has great respect for Mayor Stanton’s right to publicly express his opinion. Likewise; PLEA also has the right to publicly express our opinions and stand in defense of our membership. Visit www.azplea.com to read the response letter from PLEA to Mayor Stanton.”
Police established a perimeter and sent tactical officers from different agencies. Phoenix officers were involved in the second shooting. None of them were harmed. Smith confirmed that the suspect in this case is deceased.
The Glendale police officer remains hospitalized in serious condition.
On Tues., Jan 31, 2017, PLEA sent a letter to Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton expressing our strong disagreement and disappointment with recent public remarks he made on January 25th with regard to President Trump’s Executive Orders. For far too long, law enforcement officers in America have had to put up with anti-police sentiment at all levels of government. At the national level our federal partners in ICE and Border Patrol have had to work under government imposed restrictions that have hindered their ability to effectively perform their jobs to adequately protect the nation.
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