(Source: CBS 5 News) A Phoenix police officer was shot twice after he stopped a man on a bicycle Sunday night.
Officer Peter Bennett (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
Brandon McCabe (Source: Arizona Dept. of Corrections)
Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia with Mayor Greg Stanton at Monday's briefing.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A Phoenix police officer was in stable condition late Monday afternoon following surgery the day after he was shot six times by a gunman.
The man suspected of shooting Officer Peter "Chris" Bennett is in custody and also hurt. According to a police report, officers identify him as 28-year-old Brandon McCabe.
The 46-year-old officer was in very serious condition at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center after he was shot in the face, right arm and hip near 21st and Georgia avenues Sunday night, according to the spokesman.
Two other bullets were stopped by the ballistic vest he was wearing, and another round was stopped by a field card the officer had in his shirt pocket.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Police Chief Daniel Garcia went to the hospital to be with his family Sunday night, the spokesman said, and the officer was talking to investigators despite his wounds and was in "tremendous spirits." He is expected to make a full recovery.
"It was a close-proximity shooting, between two to four feet," Garcia said Monday at a news briefing. The police chief added one of the bullets is still lodged in the officer's hip.
Bennett, who was alone, was shot after he had stopped the suspect riding a bicycle in "a high-profile enforcement location area." Garcia said there have been a number of robberies and aggravated assaults in that area.
During the stop, the suspect, dressed in dark clothes, got off his bike and began to remove his backpack against the officer's directions, according to Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump.
The suspect took off running in the neighborhood, Crump said.
"There was a short foot pursuit," he said. "The incident happened after the chase ended in a front yard."
The suspect fell to the ground in the 2100 block of West Georgia Avenue, and Bennett approached him.
"The suspect rolled over and fired multiple shots at the officer, and the officer returned fire as the suspect ran from the area," Crump said.
Bennett fired seven to 10 rounds at the suspect, Crump said.
Kathryn Saberhagen said she was enjoying a quiet evening at home when officers with their K-9s came looking in her yard.
"They released a dog in the yard," Saberhagen said. "The dog found the guy, and the guy started screaming bloody murder."
The suspect was found hiding in a storage shed at a nearby house.
"He did not comply with orders to come out," Garcia said.
The suspect suffered bite wounds from the police dog and also had two gunshot wounds to both of his hands but was expected to survive, the spokesman said.
For now, McCabe remains hospitalized until police can charge him with attempted murder and a weapon's violation. He was released last year from the Department of Corrections after serving five years for burglary and possession of stolen property, Garcia said.
CBS 5 visited the home of McCabe's estranged mother, who was shocked and devastated to learn the nature of her eldest son's arrest. In tears, she immediately showed concern for the officer's condition and said she hadn't seen McCabe since last July. She said she prayed for him every night that he would be OK.
Bennett has been with the Phoenix Police Department for 4 1/2 years.
"He has a great reputation at Mountain View precinct," Garcia said.
"This is an unfortunate reminder that Phoenix police officers put their lives on the line every day for the people of this city, and we'll never forget that," said Stanton.
Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News as this story develops.
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