Arizona deputy ambushed in Surprise
An Arizona deputy ambushed in Surprise by a crazed criminal is alive thanks to his quick thinking. The unnamed deputy, who was shot at four times by Jonathan David Perez, survived the ordeal by hiding behind a bulletproof glass door.
A deputy, who was ambushed while on duty in Surprise, Arizona, is alive because he was able to hide behind a bulletproof glass door.
For those wondering, Surprise is a little city located in Maricopa County, Arizona, with a population of 30,848 at the 2000 census, but:
“… rapid expansion has boosted the city’s population to 117,517 at the 2010 census, an increase of 281%. As such, it is the second fastest-expanding municipality in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area (after Gilbert) and, between 1990 and 2000, it was the sixth fastest-expanding place among all cities and towns in Arizona.”
On Friday, a Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputy, whose identity has not been revealed, was shot while outside of a sheriff’s office substation. According to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the criminal, Jonathan David Perez, 38, pulled up in front of the office and started shooting.
The deputy made the life-saving decision to hide behind the bulletproof door at the entrance of the sheriff’s office. Mr. Perez fired at least five or six shots into the door before he was apprehended by another deputy, who was able to convince him to drop his weapon.
A search of the suspect’s car led to the discovery of a semiautomatic weapon in addition to the gun used in the shooting. An explosives expert and a SWAT team were called to the scene of the crime to ensure there were no bombs in Perez’s car.
The list of charges against Perez has not been revealed; however it has been confirmed that he is being held on a $250,000 bond. It is not known why Perez attacked the office, but the controversial sheriff, who has made countless anti-immigration comments and is hoping to be Donald Trump‘s vice president, has few theories.
Arpaio, the self-proclaimed America’s toughest sheriff, called the shooting a war on cops, and added:
“I’m not happy with people shooting at my deputies. There’s a war on cops. They better start thinking about that all the way from Washington on down.If they want a war they’re going to have a war.”
The tough-talking sheriff went on to reveal that this is the second deputy to be ambushed in less than two weeks. On May 7, Maricopa County sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Wisda was shot by an unknown person as he was attempting to make a DUI enforcement traffic stop.
According to the police report, the driver of a silver Cadillac fired several bullets at the deputy and left him with a series of non-threatening injuries. The suspect then fled the scene. Therefore, the reason for the shooting remains a mystery. The deputy was released from a hospital two days later.
83-year-old Arpaio recently known for “his aggressive roundups of undocumented immigrants” made headlines last week after landing in trouble with the law. The octogenarian along with three of his subordinates – Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan, Chief Brian Sands, and Lt. Joe Sousa – were in civil contempt in connection with a racial profiling case. Federal Judge G. Murray Snow said:
“The court finds that the defendants have engaged in multiple acts of misconduct, dishonesty, and bad faith with respect to the plaintiff class (Latinos) and the protection of its rights. They have demonstrated a persistent disregard for the orders of this court, as well as an intention to violate and manipulate the laws and policies regulating their conduct as they pertain to their obligations to be fair, ‘equitable(,) and impartial’ with respect to the interests of the plaintiff class.”
Is there a “war on cops?”