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Suspect in custody after shooting at DPS troopers in Phoenix, officials say

Authorities say the suspect was shot in the foot but is expected to be ok.

PHOENIX — Authorities say that a suspect is in custody after a shooting involving Department of Public Safety troopers Wednesday night.

DPS said the incident started around 7:30 p.m. when a DPS trooper tried to stop the suspect's vehicle on southbound Interstate 17. DPS said the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Douglas L. Clifton, failed to yield, sideswiped another vehicle, and crashed into a guardrail near the I-17 and Grant Street overpass. 

DPS said the suspect got out of his vehicle and ran eastbound on foot to a neighborhood near 22nd Avenue and Grant Street.

The DPS trooper attempted to tase Clifton and DPS said the suspect fired at the trooper, who then fired back. 

Another trooper caught up with the suspect near 22nd Avenue and Hadley Street. DPS said a gun battle ensued, and the suspect ran to a nearby home and barricaded himself inside a shed. 

Authorities were able to get the man out of the shed and take him into custody.

DPS said Clifton was shot in the foot but is expected to be ok. A gun was also found nearby. The suspect was arrested for criminal speeding/reckless driving, officials said. 

Officials said one of the troopers suffered a minor injury unrelated to the shooting. No other officers were hurt.

Clifton was booked into jail on charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says 1-17 northbound and southbound at Grant Street are closed due to the crash. Commuters are advised to avoid the area.

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