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Police: Body believed to be suspect in officer shooting

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Posted at 4:21 PM, Feb 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-26 18:21:04-05

PHOENIX (AP) — Police in central Arizona say a body found in the Verde River is believed to be a suspect in the shooting of an officer.

Authorities on Friday say the body has not yet been formally identified but personal items show the man may be 39-year-old Valentin Rodriguez.

He has been a suspect in the Feb. 9 shooting of Yavapai-Apache police Sgt. Preston Brogdon is expected to make a full recovery.

Authorities say a father and son were fishing when they spotted the body. The cause of death is unknown.

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