PHOENIX, AZ (AP) — Police say a suspect who allegedly assaulted a deputy sheriff in Phoenix’s metro area has been shot and hurt by a homeowner with whom he has a history of conflict.
According to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Officials, the suspect was identified as Clinton Robert Hurley, aged 30, and was admitted in critical condition. The deputy was still on life support.
Hurley was killed Saturday night in Tonopah (52 miles (83km) west Phoenix).
Authorities say that Hurley attacked a deputy at suburban Avondale Substation, where he was being processed on multiple felony warrants. The incident occurred around 11 am Saturday.
According to Sheriff’s officials, the deputy, who was a three-year veteran of their department, was discovered unconscious and bleeding from his face. He was rushed to hospital.
Hurley stole the deputy’s SUV and crashed it through a fence. He then fled the area, allegedly taking another vehicle and driving to Tonopah.
Sheriff Paul Penzone claimed at a Saturday night news conference that Hurley had a history with the unidentified homeowner, but didn’t give any details.
After serving time for attempted child molestation Penzone said Hurley was released in December from an Arizona prison.
It was not immediately clear if Hurley had a lawyer that could speak for him.