Posted on March 15, 2022

2 Phoenix Officers Hurt After Being Ambushed in Shooting

Marissa Sarbak, Fox 10, March 13, 2022

Phoenix police say two suspects have been arrested after two officers were injured in a shooting after a traffic stop near 27th Avenue and Maryland early Sunday morning.

One officer was shot but is in stable condition and has been released from the hospital as of March 14., and the other suffered minor injuries. {snip}

The situation began after the pair of officers had tried to pull over a car for several traffic violations at around 1:30 a.m. on March 13. The car fled and escaped from police, but the two officers spotted the same vehicle a short time later and tried to pull it over again.

During the attempted traffic stop on Maryland Avenue, police say a man standing along the road opened fire at police, sending a “barrage of bullets” at the patrol car. One officer was shot in the wrist, and the other officer was hurt by flying glass, officials said.

The driver of the car involved in the original traffic stop reportedly got out of his car to try and run away, but he was eventually taken into custody and was identified as 18-year-old Javon Beasley.

The alleged shooter was identified Monday as 28-year-old Devonte Thornton. {snip}

Javon Beasley and Devonte Thornton

Javon Beasley and Devonte Thornton