TEMPE, Arizona — Two female Tempe police officers were rushed to the hospital Monday afternoon after being involved in a shooting, reported AZ Central.
The officers were serving a protection order for a woman whose boyfriend had assaulted her earlier during the day. According to Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir, the unnamed officers were at a house near Baseline Road and Mill Avenue just prior 3 p.m. to serve the order.
After the officers entered the home, they were allegedly shot at by the woman’s boyfriend. One officer was hit a single time and the other was struck three times. Moir stated that one of the officers fired back, striking the gunman at least once before fleeing the house. Both had been apparently struck in their upper body and were benefited greatly from their bulletproof vests. Both officers were transported to HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center’s trauma unit with non life-threatening injuries.
The assault victim was not injured during the exchange of gunfire.
Police shut down traffic in the area and created a perimeter around the house. The suspected gunman was later found dead. Police did not comment on how he died.
Furthermore, Moir noted that the officers were both mothers and had five and eight years experience on the local force.
“They’re in good spirits,” Moir said. “They’re surrounded by their Tempe team and family.”
An update provided by the Tempe Police Twitter feed reported that both officers were in good condition, with one having already returned home to rest on Monday night.
UPDATE: Great news! One of our officers involved in today’s shooting was released from the hospital and is resting at home. Our other officer involved is in good condition and still receiving treatment at the hospital. Thank you all for your kind sentiments! https://t.co/bwTo2ti20R
— Tempe Police (@TempePolice) October 30, 2018
Investigators are looking further into how the gunman died.
This marks nearly 70 officer-involved shootings in Maricopa County in 2018.