Sunday, June 29, 2008

And the beat goes on in Phoenix...

when I was an officer, and arrested Spanish speakers, some knew a few words and phrases of English.

The standard threat to me was "I get my gun--I choot jou" or "I get my gun, I choot jou and jour family".

Phoenix police officer is recovering after a bullet hit her chest vest after a suspect opened fire during a traffic stop in central Phoenix Saturday night.

Police say the officer was a passenger in a patrol car, when she and her partner made the traffic stop at 2100 E. Taylor Street.

They say the two people inside the car were asked to get out and that's when they say the passenger, 35-year-old Aaron Baca Lopez opened fire.

The suspect opened fire and the bullet struck the officer in the finger before lodging in her protective chest vest, according to Phoenix Police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill.

Her partner returned fire and pursued Lopez as he fled on foot.

The driver of the suspect vehicle was taken into custody.

The injured officer was taken to the hospital by fellow officers where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Police say the vest probably saved her life.

Around midnight, police say Lopez forced his way into an apartment in the 2100 block of E. Fillmore and took a man hostage. The victim was able to escape and called police.

After hours of negotiations, Lopez surrendered without incident about 4:40 a.m., says Hill.

Lopez was booked in the county jail for aggravated assault on a police officer and aggravated assault and kidnapping.

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