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Suspect at large, teen arrested after DPS troopers shot at with assault rifle in Phoenix

The suspected shooter, a 17-year-old, is in custody and has been identified. Another suspect is still at large.

PHOENIX — A Blue Alert was issued after Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers were shot at from a car in Phoenix on Thursday morning.

DPS detectives were in the area of 37th Avenue and Portland Street working on an operation to make an arrest when a car drove up to them and a person pointed an assault rifle at them and shot at the troopers, investigators said.

The troopers returned fire. The troopers were not injured.

A DPS spokesperson said the troopers were in an unmarked vehicle but were wearing clothing that identified them as law enforcement.

Credit: DPS

On Friday, DPS released video of the suspect car, a silver 2008 to 2013 Infiniti model G37 with custom wheels, and the driver investigators say was involved.

Authorities say they now believe the temporary plates have been removed.

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The suspected shooter, a 17-year-old boy, is in custody. Another suspect is still at large, investigators said.

DPS identified the suspect in custody as Luis German Espinoza Acuna.

Credit: DPS

Investigators said the shooter fired from the passenger seat of the car. They are looking for the driver and the car.

DPS called it an ambush-style attack. 

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Anyone who sees this car is asked to call 911.

The Blue Alert was active until 11:38 p.m. Thursday. 

The Blue Alert system is meant to help law enforcement quickly find suspects accused of hurting or killing a law enforcement officer.

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Credit: DPS