Arizona deputy ambushed in Surprise

May 23, 2016 | By Garrett Montgomery More

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.

Arizona deputy ambushed

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.”

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    1. Brylar Foustark says:

      The FBI already pointed out cops being killed in the line of duty decreased in 2015. But dont let information cloud your agenda of ignoring in the same period well over 100 unarmed citizens were killed by police.

      The War on Common Sense strikes again.

      • Wayne Arthur says:

        Probably a$$ hole unarmed civilians who may have presented a threat or false threat that justified the action! Why don’t you tell the truth!

      • Bill Mcintosh says:

        Your comment is true but skewed; decrease of line of duty deaths include traffic accidents, misc. causes of death while “on duty”. Death by shootings however, have increased. But don’t let data interpretation get in the way of your personal bias/agenda. And for the record Einstein, unarmed doesn’t mean non-lethal nor not justified.

      • Dude says:

        Just 100? That’s pretty good considering there are nearly 1 million cops in the country and between them, they handle tens of millions of service calls per year. And, there is a reason cops being killed less in 2015, that is because of something called training combined with higher alert levels to preempt attacks against them. Besides that, I guess I am supposed to believe that everyone of those 100 people you are talking about were all innocent little angels not doing anything threatening at all to anyone. And I will let you in on a little secret, a person does not have to be “armed” in order to be dangerous and life-threatening. I am willing to bet that if an “unarmed” man were choking you to death, you would stop peddling that “unarmed citizen” crap.

    2. OK says:

      Not to mention what the unarmed citizens were doing….it’s all apples and oranges. Why not just get rid of the police, then see what happens.

    3. Scotty says:

      Undocumented illegals are those who entered the country illegally, they started off in our country by breaking the law and the courts are punishing Sheriff Arpaio? The court is saying that non-citizens who broke the law have rights? The Constitution is addressed to We The People of the United States.. rights are given to those who are citizens who have pledged an allegiance to the United States..an undocumented immigrant could be someone who has come here illegally as a spy or has intent to do harm to the USA based on their allegiance to another country.. why would they also have rights?
      Our country is screwed up.. its governance is screwed up, our court systems are screwed up and I think it requires a correction.

      • Noreen Townsend says:

        It is exactly this attitude further promoted by Donald Trump and the republican agenda that is the problem here. I am going to assume Scotty, that you are not an American Indian, so let’s just say that somewhere in your history, as in mine, there is an “immigration issue”. The treatment of hispanics in Maricopa county by sheriff Arpaio and his trained thugs is a matter already before the courts, has been addressed by the courts, and still nothing is being done. Are we to believe that the sheriff and his deputies make a distinction at all between legal and illegal hispanics when making their decision to treat them as subhuman and without rights? I am willing to venture a guess that the last thing anybody would want is to be hispanic and living in Maricopa County. I do not condone violence of any kind, but there are instances where I understand it. I have a feeling there is much much more to this story than meets the eye, and I hope that if there is, it is brought to light. This ridiculous paranoia that is mostly infecting the less educated among us, is one of the major problems in our country today. That the easily distracted fall for the ” look, mexicans and muslims are coming across the borders with drugs and terrorists under each arm, to rape our women and children,use the wrong bathrooms and take away your guns!” is apparently the most effective way for the establishment to get your mind off the real problem here. The problem in this country is that we are being robbed blind by the rich, that the super wealthy have bought our government, and they use issues such as this, to promote fear and division. They have raised an army of lobbyists and lawyers from whom the average person has NO defense.
        Nobody deserves to be shot, but that being said, I believe some people are asking for it.

    4. Wayne Arthur says:

      I notice your “YOUR COMMENT IS AWAITING MODERATION” warning! You left leaners will not post what people really state, I don’t know how you live with yourselves!

    5. Liam Payne says:

      White Lives Matter, Police Lives Matter, Black and Latino Lives Matter.
      Stop pitting Americans against one another.
      We all deserve respect and the right to pursue our dreams.


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