CAMP VERDE, Ariz. — Residents of a Native American reservation in Arizona were told to stay home as authorities searched Thursday for a suspect who opened fire on tribal police officers, seriously injuring one, it said. authorities.
Officers had responded to reported gunshots Wednesday night on the Yavapai-Apache Nation in the Verde Valley area of north-central Arizona. The suspect exited a vehicle and fled shooting officers, tribal officials said in a statement.
Sergeant Preston Brogdon was shot and in critical but stable condition at a hospital, the Yavapai-Apache Police Department said. The five-year veteran is expected to undergo several more surgeries.
Residents have been told to stay home until the suspect is caught as bus service has been canceled for two areas of the reserve. KTVK-TV showed officers walking through tall brush and reported they were looking for the suspect.
“Subject is considered armed and dangerous and the public is urged to stay out of the area until the search is complete,” the tribal statement read.
The FBI is overseeing the investigation with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. Valentin Rodriguez, 39, was wanted for questioning during the shooting, FBI officials said in a statement.
Yavapai Silent Witness has offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.
The Yavapai-Apache tribe is headquartered in the town of Camp Verde, north of Phoenix.
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