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Two Officers Shot in 'Ambush' at Arizona Walmart, on Road to Recovery

April 25, 2016  | 

Photos: Chandler (AZ) PD
Photos: Chandler (AZ) PD

After what Chandler, AZ, police are saying looks like an "ambush" on police, an officer remains hospitalized and is preparing to undergo a second surgery, reports ABC 15 Arizona.

According to the Chandler Police Department, two officers were shot by a suspect at a Walmart on Saturday morning. The suspect, Mitchell Oakley, 24, opened fire on two officers multiple times and injured both.

One officer has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home with family. A second officer is still hospitalized and will undergo a second surgery in the next few days, officials said.

Police say crews were called out at 6:20 a.m. when Oakley, a transient, trespassed on store premises.

Two officers were called out to respond and when the first officer arrived, witnesses saw Oakley fire at the officer. Chandler police said an "ambush" on the officer occurred and he was shot in the face.

A second officer responded to the scene and fired back at the suspect but was also shot by Oakley. Officials told ABC15 the second officer shot and killed Oakley.

The officers have now been identified as Officer Joshua Pueblo, 34, and Officer Daniel Colwell, 28, reports KPNX.

"When the first officer walked into the store, the suspect began firing at the officer immediately," Chandler police spokesman Det. Seth Tyler said. "You can call it what you want. It sounds like an ambush to me," reports the Arizona Republic.


Comments (8)

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Henry Johnson @ 4/25/2016 5:35 PM

Very limited media coverage here in Los Angeles. Most of the coverage was devoted for Prince.
Thank you for your coverage.

Patricia (Pat) Hocken @ 4/25/2016 5:47 PM

My heart goes out to both officers and their family's. I have a brother that retired from the A.T.F. a few months ago and everyday I worried about his safety on the job. Without dedicated law enforcement officers we'd have total anarchy in our country. Yes, "BLUE" lives matter also!

John retired IA PD @ 4/25/2016 11:11 PM

Get well soon officers Pueblo and Colwell. Thanks for keeping us safe. Blue Lives Matter.

David J. Reiller @ 4/25/2016 11:24 PM

I hope and pray that the officers that were shot will heal quickly and be able to be out there protecting the public from harm as they had before this day that they were injured. We need more people like them in the ranks of the police.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/26/2016 12:40 AM

This incident hits kind of close to home. I live not too far away from Chandler. Its a miracle that the Officer who was shot in the head wasn't killed. But who expects to get shot at on a routine trespassing call? I'm wondering if the shooter was trying to lure the police there so either he could kill an Officer or committee suicide by cop.

kevcopAz @ 4/26/2016 12:40 PM

sad, but could have been much more tragic. Thank God. I do have a question as to the headline, why the word "ambush"? That has the conotation that the suspect laid in wait, or set up the shooting, I didn't see anything in the article that leads one to think that happened. Appear the suspect just fired at the officer before the officer knew what was going on and that covers many, many if not the majority of OIS does it not? Just saying that word have meaning.

McKinze Dudley @ 4/27/2016 3:00 PM

kevcopAZ, Looks like the shooter laid in wait in the store and shot as soon as the first officer showed up. Sounds like the meaning of ambush to me. I'm glad he is not around to ask and that both officers survived.

My prayers go out to these officers for a speedy and complete recovery.

Larry Romero @ 4/29/2016 11:39 AM

My prayers for Officers Pueblo and Colwell and their families during this time of recovery. Az officers have a difficult task when it comes to officer safety since anyone can carry as long as they are a Az resident. God love Az Law Enforcement and their Departments.

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