Two detectives from the Phoenix Police Department’s fugitive-apprehension unit were chasing a felony suspect in northwest Phoenix when his car collided with another vehicle and he began shooting at the officers as he tried to escape on foot. One detective was reported killed and another was seriously wounded.
The fugitive, William R. Thornton was shot and killed in a parking lot by a third detective. The officers’ names have not been released.
Thornton has a long criminal history and has been in prison multiple times. He was released from Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis on Jan. 9 after serving 1½ years for a dangerous-drug violation and resisting arrest, Arizona Department of Corrections records show.
There are currently 25,000 felony warrants — not including federal warrants — in Maricopa County alone, according to Arizona U.S. Marshal David Gonzales.
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