City releases additional details in officer shooting

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The scene of an officer-involved shooting on June 28, 2023. [Brian Petersheim Jr.]

Maricopa police have confirmed the suspect killed in a June 28 officer-involved shooting was a minor. 

The shooting occurred around 1:30 a.m. last Wednesday after officers responded to a call of three people breaking into vehicles near Valencia Drive and Madrid Avenue in Tortosa. 

One suspect shot an officer during a foot pursuit in the fields north of the neighborhood on the Gila River Indian Community, according to police. Another officer shot the same suspect, who died on the way to a hospital. 

Police confirmed the deceased was a 17-year-old boy, and the Maricopa County medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to confirm his identity, said city spokesperson Quinn Konold. 

Another 17-year-old boy was arrested and taken into custody by Maricopa police. As a minor, his identity will not be released, police said. 

That teen faces three felony charges of armed robbery, burglary in the third degree and criminal damage, Konold said. He also faces three misdemeanor charges: criminal trespassing, criminal nuisance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. 

The third suspect is a 20-year-old man who was taken into custody by Gila River Police Department. He has not been identified and charges are pending, Maricopa police said. 

The officer shot in the incident was identified as Cpl. J. Fox by Konold, who said Fox is recovering from his injuries at home. The department employs a Joshua Fox, who was promoted to corporal from police officer in 2022, according to public salary records.

Since the shooting occurred on the Gila River Indian Community, the FBI is leading the ongoing investigation.