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PD: Show Low officer dies after shooting, search continues for suspect

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Posted at 2:35 PM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 21:36:47-05

SHOW LOW, Ariz.  (KNXV) - Authorities say a Show Low officer injured in a shooting Tuesday afternoon has died.

Police were called to the area of Deuce of Clubs and Central Avenue around 2 p.m. on Tuesday after Daniel Erickson, 36, allegedly shot a police officer.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a Show Low officer was shot around 1:30 p.m. at the Arby's. The officer was hospitalized is in critical condition and later died, authorities said.

A release from the Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District identified the officer as Darrin Reed.

 

Condolences to Show Low Police Dept and family of Officer Darrin Reed. His murder is tragic reminder of service and sacrifice of officers.

— Greg Stanton (@MayorStanton) November 9, 2016

 

The shooting has spurred a statewide search for Erickson.

 

 

The Show Low Unified School District was on a modified lockdown for a little over an hour as a precaution in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. They went into the lockdown at the request of the Show Low Police Department around 1:40 p.m. 

After the shooting, Erickson was driving a dark-colored S10 Blazer with heavy damage. The SUV has since been located, a police spokesperson said.

According to officials, it's believed that the suspect is now driving a gray 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a ladder on the roof of the SUV. He was last seen wearing a long, dark trench coat and armed with a handgun.

Erickson is described as 5' 11" tall and 185 pounds. Officials say he is considered armed and dangerous and the public is advised to not approach him if spotted. 

It's possible that Erickson is using the alias "Scott Richardson," Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District said.

Anyone with information about Erickson's whereabouts is urged to call the Show Low Police Department at 928-537-4365. 

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