Police search for suspect in officer-involved shooting in downtown Phoenix

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The Phoenix Police Department is seeking an “armed and dangerous” suspect who fled after shooting and wounding a Scottsdale detective Friday night.

A manhunt is underway for Kenneth Hearne, 37, the suspect who police said fled from a two-story balcony after firing on officers, the Scottsdale Police Department said in a press release.

Detectives were attempting to execute a search warrant at an apartment complex in downtown Phoenix just after 7 p.m. local time. The suspect is wanted for a number of criminal offenses, Scottsdale Police Chief Jeff Walther said during a press conference late Friday.

When officers arrived at the apartment, they encountered a woman and child who told officers there was no one else there. Detectives entered the apartment and spotted the suspect, who went into another room and began firing at detectives through the wall, Walther said.

A Scottsdale detective, who has not been identified, was shot once in the abdomen. He was rushed to the hospital and is “expected to make a full recovery,” Scottsdale Police said, adding that the sergeant “is doing extremely well.”

It is unknown if Hearne, who “is currently wanted in connection with the shooting and other crimes,” was hit when officers returned fire, police said.

Phoenix Police are leading the investigation.

Walther said local law enforcement agencies are seeing an increased number of aggravated assaults on police officers.

“We have to ask ourselves, when did this become OK?” Walther said.

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