Shooting on Route 66 and Arrowhead

Photo courtesy of Flagstaff Police Department.

An altercation took place between a police officer and an unidentified civilian, leading to an officer-involved shooting in the 2100 block of East Route 66 shortly after 4 p.m. today.

According to a Flagstaff Police Department (FPD) media release, the conflict began when the subject refused to comply with an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

According to the release, the officer deployed pepper spray toward the subject, who was aggressive and threatening. The subject proceeded to retaliate with pepper spray of his own, which caused the officer's eyesight to be badly impaired. The officer discharged his weapon once, and the bullet hit the suspect in the neck area.

The arresting officer and his backup provided first aid to the injured suspect on scene. Once paramedics arrived, the civilian was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center for emergency medical treatment. In addition, the officer involved sustained minor eye injuries.

According to FPD, the Northern Arizona Shoot Team and NAU investigators are on scene. More information will be provided once it is available, and the investigation is ongoing.

More updates will be provided as they become available.