Glendale police officer has died
Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet
GLENDALE, Ariz. (ABC15) - A police officer has died after being shot by a suspect at a Glendale apartment complex Friday night.
During an emotional news conference Saturday morning, Glendale Police Chief Steven Conrad said 26-year-old officer Brad Jones passed away from his injuries overnight.
Conrad said Jones had been a Glendale officer for about four years. He is survived by his wife, Cindy, and two young children.
Police said it all started Friday night when a probation officer contacted Glendale police to go with him to meet the suspect in the area of Glendale and 75th avenues.
While meeting with the suspect, a struggle ensued and Jones radioed to other officers for assistance.
The suspect then allegedly pulled out a weapon and fired at Jones seriously wounding him, according to authorities.
The arriving officers saw the suspect flee in the injured officer’s vehicle and chased him until he crashed in the area of 81st and Glendale avenues.
The suspect began to flee on foot with officers close behind when he allegedly pointed a weapon at them.
Police said three officers responded with gunfire, striking the suspect. He's identified as 20-year-old Ryan Heisler.
Heisler was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where he remains in critical condition, police said Saturday.
Police said Officer Jones was treated at the scene by fellow officers and Glendale Fire Department paramedics before being transported to St. Joseph's Hospital.
Police said Jones died from his wounds a little after midnight, surrounded by family, friends and fellow officers.
Drivers are advised to avoid Glendale Avenue between 74th and 82nd avenues until at least early this evening as the investigation continues.
Governor Jan Brewer ordered all flags be flown at half-staff until sunset today in honor of Jones.
This was the third officer-involved shooting that occurred Friday.
One happened in Phoenix after police said a robbery escalated into a shooting, which eventually forced the closure of a Phoenix roadway . Two suspects remain at large in that incident. No officers were injured.
The other officer-involved shooting stemmed from a domestic violence call in Avondale. The suspect was killed in that incident.