Sheriff: Injured Arizona deputy ‘on life support’; suspect in custody

Published: Oct. 9, 2021 at 7:25 PM MDT|Updated: Oct. 10, 2021 at 3:58 AM MDT
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PHOENIX (Gray News) — The sheriff for metro Phoenix said a suspect is in custody after allegedly attacking and critically injuring a sheriff’s deputy who was processing the arrested man at a sheriff’s substation.

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said the injured deputy was in critical condition at a hospital, where he was taken after another deputy found him unconscious and bleeding from his face.

Penzone said the injured deputy was on life support. His identity wasn’t released.

The sheriff identified the suspect as 30-year-old Clinton Hurley, who had been wanted on felony warrants. He initially escaped the scene, and a manhunt began.

In a news conference Saturday night, Penzone said Hurley had been located by authorities. He says the suspect was shot around 6:30 p.m. by a homeowner near Tonopah, Arizona, with whom he had a history of conflict.

Hurley was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

“It is with a sense of relief that I express to you I am glad to know he is off our streets,” Penzone said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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