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Incident Date: 
Thursday, September 17, 2020
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Previous Title: PRESS CONFERENCE: Today, Thursday, September 17, 2020, AT 5:00 PM in Phoenix at AZDPS

*Updated Information* 

On Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 8:53 AM, Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) detectives were conducting a criminal investigation around the 3700 block of Roosevelt Street in Phoenix. A detective assigned to the investigation and dressed in attire, which clearly identified him as a police officer, was seated in his unmarked police vehicle facing south on 37th Avenue, south of Portland Street.

As the detective sat in his vehicle, a silver Infinity passenger car, traveling northbound, approached him. The driver of the Infinity stopped the vehicle near the front of the detective’s vehicle and honked the horn. At that moment, the front seat passenger stepped out of the Infinity and ambushed the detective, firing an AK Pistol variant as the detective exited his vehicle and returned fire.

A second AZDPS detective who was nearby responded to the scene and also engaged the shooter.

The driver of the Infinity fled the area, leaving the shooter behind. The two detectives were able to apprehend the shooter.

The shooter has been identified as 17-year-old Luis German Espinoza Acuna.

Neither the detectives nor the shooting suspect were injured.

AZDPS needs the public’s assistance with locating the suspect driver and a silver 2008-2013 Infinity sedan. The vehicle has a temporary paper license plate and appears to have chipped or missing paint just below the plate. If anyone sees the vehicle, they should call 9-1-1 immediately.

Information can also be provided by telephone at 877-2-SAVEAZ (877-272-8329), or anonymously on the AZDPS website

This remains an active investigation.

Press Conference:
AZDPS Searching for Driver and Vehicle Involved in Ambush-Style Shooting of Detectives in Phoenix

A second AZDPS detective who was nearby responded to the scene and also engaged the shooter.

AZDPS Director, Colonel Heston Silbert
U.S. Marshal David Gonzalez

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Time: 5:00 PM

Location: Public Service Center (PSC) Suite E80 (Studio)
     2222 West Encanto Blvd Phoenix AZ 85009
     *Enter at southeast vehicle gate
      Push intercom button to communicate and check in with security

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