Alleged gunman behind Arizona DPS trooper ambush is an illegal immigrant from Mexico

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PHOENIX, AZ – While authorities are still searching for the second suspect reportedly involved in what was described as the “ambush” style attack against Arizona DPS troopers earlier in September, more details have surfaced regarding the 17-year-old suspect already in custody and said to be the actual shooter.

According to a statement from ICE that was obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies, 17-year-old Luis German Espinoza Acuna is an illegal immigrant from Mexico.

The statement, reportedly coming from ICE Public Affairs Officer Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe, reads as follows:

“On Sept. 17, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged an immigration detainer on Luis German Espinoza-Acuna, an unlawfully present citizen from Mexico, following his arrest by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

ICE will seek to take Mr. Espinoza-Acuna into custody if and when he is released by local authorities in order to pursue appropriate administrative enforcement action.”

When Mark Krikorian, who serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Immigration Studies, shared the news of the information delivered by ICE he also noted how there are still outlets who won’t even report on the suspect’s actual name.

Alleged gunman behind Arizona DPS trooper ambush is an illegal immigrant from Mexico
Luis German Espinoza Acuna – Arizona DPS

This comment was in reference to the Arizona Republic’s article that was written on September 18th, which read:

“The boy was ultimately arrested as the driver fled the area. The Arizona Republic is not identifying the teen because he is a minor.”

Luckily, other news outlets did share the name of the suspect after the information became publicly accessible via request.

We at Law Enforcement Today had previously reported on this incident and many others that have taken place nationally with regards to seemingly unprovoked attacks and ambushes on law enforcement.

Here is that previous report.

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Law enforcement agencies in multiple states are on the hunt for numerous suspects wanted for opening fire on police officers.

In a rash of these recent attacks on law enforcement, a disturbing endemic is forming that seems heavily linked or at least somewhat inspired by widespread anti-police sentiments in the nation. 

Law enforcement officials in New Castle County, Delaware are currently looking for a man they say opened fire on a police officer on September 19th within the Glasgow Pines community.

Police had responded to the area after reports of gunshots came in and encountered an alleged suspect and a foot pursuit followed.

At some point during the chase, the suspect reportedly turned toward the officers pursuing and opened fire. Luckily, no officers were injured during that incident. However, the suspect is at large due to him having been able to escape.

Police have named the suspect as 22-year-old Khairon William Edwards and he’s currently wanted on charges of attempted murder. Colonel Vaughn M. Bond, Jr. of the New Castle County Police Department stated the following about the case:

“The apprehension of this dangerous suspect is the number one priority for our agency, and we will aggressively pursue every lead until he is in custody.”

In Camden, New Jersey, police are searching for the two suspects they say shot up two officers’ home that they share on September 15th, where the officers’ 10-month-old baby was inside of at the time.

Amazingly, the officers and the child were in the upstairs portion of the home during the shooting, which the gunfire apparently penetrated portions of the first floor.

Chief Joseph Wysocki of the Camden County Police Department stated that this was indeed a planned attack on the two police officers:

“I do know that this was a targeted attack against this residence and the officers inside.”

Officials believe that they’ve identified the suspect vehicle used in the crime, which is a Honda Odyssey. However, police have no other leads yet on the case. There’s currently a $75,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of those involved in this attempted assassination.

Any information linked to the suspects involved in this case can be relayed by calling the Camden County Police Department at (856) 757-7042 or the Citizen’s Crime Commission at (215) 546-TIPS.

In Phoenix, Arizona, one person has been arrested but another suspect is on the loose regarding what was described as an “ ambush-style shooting” lodged against Arizona DPS troopers on September 17th.

The suspect in custody, described as a 17-year-old male, exited the passenger-side door of a vehicle and used an AK-47 to open fire on a uniformed trooper that was in the area to serve a warrant at around 9:00 a.m. on September 17th.

Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety Col. Heston Silbert stated:

“There was no question, it was an ambush.”

Officials were able to apprehend the alleged gunman as a nearby trooper arrived on the scene of the shooting, with both that trooper and the one opened fire one returning fire on the suspect.

While neither the suspect nor the troopers were injured, the driver of the vehicle that the alleged gunman exited out of fled the scene after fire was returned by troopers.

The suspect’s vehicle was described as a silver 2013 Infiniti model G-37 with custom wheels and a temporary plate.

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Meanwhile, authorities in Philadelphia are seeking two suspects who they say opened fire on police officers while they were conducting an undercover narcotics investigation.

While both suspects are currently at large, authorities have identified one allegedly involved.

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 28-year-old Jeffione Thomas, who allegedly was involved in the Sept. 18 shooting of three plainclothes officers who were fired upon in the 1400 block of Sharpnack Street in the Cedarbrook neighborhood.

 

Wanted: Police identify one of the shooters who fired on three Philadelphia officers
Jeffione Thomas – Philadelphia Police
According to officials, the officers were in an unmarked vehicle about 8 p.m. when a man, identified as Thomas, rode by the vehicle’s driver-side window.

When one of the officers rolled down the window to see if Thomas was OK, Thomas allegedly pulled out a gun and opened fire at the officers inside the unit.

The driver of the unmarked unit had pulled off on Sharpnack Street, past the intersection of 7700 Fayette St., when Thomas reportedly starting firing at the vehicle.

The officer driving the vehicle then crashed into a fence after being struck in the back by one of the rounds.

Luckily, the officer was wearing a bulletproof vest, which took the brunt of the bullet. The officers then exited the vehicle and all returned fire at Thomas. A second shooter appeared and started firing at the officers as well.

Both of the suspects reportedly fled the scene after the shooting.

The male officer who was struck in the back is reportedly in stable condition after having been treated at Einstein Medical Center.

A female officer who was seated in the rear passenger seat during the shooting suffered minor cuts to her left leg, possibly from crashing into the fence or broken glass.

The officer was also treated at Einstein Medical Center and was reportedly stable. The third officer, a male, was in the front passenger seat and reportedly uninjured during the shooting and subsequent crash.

Thomas has been described as being a black male standing about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds. His last-known address was within the 7800 block of Fayette Street.

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