Phoenix police officers shot at; search for suspect continues

Two Phoenix Police officers are okay, after getting shot at Sunday morning near 26th Drive and Hazelwood.

PHOENIX - Two Phoenix Police officers were shot at early Sunday morning near 26th Drive and Hazelwood.

The officers were not struck by the gunfire and police are still searching for the gunman who took off running after the shooting.

Police released a sketch of the suspect Monday morning.

The incident shut down parts of I-17 between Indian School and Camelback for hours as police swarmed the area and searched for the shooter. The interstate is now back open.

Two police officers, in one patrol car, initially responded to the neighborhood about 4 a.m. Sunday, after getting reports of a man with a gun. They soon found a man matching his description.

The officers remained in their car. At first, police said the man complied with the officers' orders.

"After a couple of seconds, he changed his mind and decided to flee from officers," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune. "As he was fleeing he turned, and fired one round at the police vehicle, striking the windshield of that patrol car."

The officers were not hit.

They immediately ran out of the car and took cover. But the car was still moving and struck a fencing.  

Dozens of police officers swarmed the scene and a police helicopter circled overhead as police scoured the area for the shooter. They searched some nearby apartment complexes, as well.

As of Monday morning, they had not found the shooter.

The suspect has been described as a 25-year-old Hispanic man, about 6 ft. tall, weights between 190 and 200 pounds. He has curly or wavy dark hair and was last seen wearing a dark shirt with a hoodie, dark shorts and had a red bandana around his neck. 

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