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Phoenix police identify fatally wounded officer

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Phoenix police identify fatally wounded officer

By Laura Kittell. CREATED Mar 4, 2014

PHOENIX (KGUN9-TV) - Police on Tuesday identified the police officer killed yesterday in the line of duty as 43-year-old John Hobbs, a 21-year police veteran.

The second wounded officer is hospitalized in stable condition. His name hasn't been released.

Phoenix police say the fatally wounded officer fired back and wounded a suspect who had shot the officer and another undercover officer.

Sgt. Steve Martos, a Phoenix police spokesman, says Hobbs was lying on the ground when he returned fire.
   
Police say the shooting occurred Monday afternoon after the suspect realized he was under surveillance and began shooting at officers following a short chase.

The dead suspect was identified by police as 28-year-old William Thornton, an ex-convict wanted in a recent attempted homicide. He was shot by Hobbs and a third officer.

Governor Jan Brewer tells KGUN 9; “It was with shock and sorrow that I learned of the murder of an honorable Phoenix Police Detective, John Hobbs. A fugitive-apprehension officer and 21-year veteran of the department, Detective Hobbs was the victim of a senseless shooting while on duty Monday afternoon in Phoenix.

In a statement from the governor's office, all state flags are requested to be lowered to half-staff until sunset today and on the day of his interment, for which services are pending..
 
Governor Brewer went on to say; “Detective Hobbs dedicated his life to protecting the community and making it a better place for all to live. It is a stark and saddening reminder that, for our men and women in law enforcement, no day on the job is ever without danger. His memory and noble service will forever be remembered and cherished by the eternally grateful state of Arizona. Please say a prayer for Detective Hobbs, his family and his fellow brothers and sisters in law enforcement as we mourn this unthinkable tragedy. Please also continue to pray for the recovery of Detective Hobbs’ fellow officer, who was critically injured in the shooting."