Chief Joseph Yahner said during an afternoon press conference that the officer who is 35 years old, who has a wife and two children, has served with the department for 12 years. The 12-year veteran was taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center, in a Patrol car and underwent emergency surgery. Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner said Wednesday evening the officer is in extremely critical condition
The incident started as a burglary in progress call in a neighborhood near 51st Avenue and Baseline Road. Officers responded to the area after a call from a resident who reported his son was breaking into his home and stealing his guns.
As the officer approached the home, the suspect opened fire on officers from inside a minivan and a gunfight ensued.
Yahner said up to six police officers were involved in the shootout and the suspect fired first.
“Today is a very bad day for the Phoenix Police department,” Yahner said.
Yahner also said the family of the officer is at the hospital, along with other city officials including Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
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A Phoenix police officer who was shot during a gun battle with a burglary suspect in a Laveen neighborhood Wednesday has died.
During a media briefing Thursday morning, Chief Joe Yahner said that the family members of Officer David Glasser have said their final goodbyes and the organ donation process was underway.
On Thursday night, Police identified the shooting suspect as 19-year-old Israel Santos-Banos. He died at the scene.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the Glasser family,” Yahner said.
“After the organ donation process is complete, Officer Glasser will be transported to the medical examiner’s office,” Yahner added. “Tragically, we will begin planning a funeral.”
Yahner said Glasser was a member of the Neighborhood Enforcement Team, a unit designed to solve community problems. He was part of the Maryvale precinct.
Glasser was married and had a son and daughter. He grew up in Phoenix, attended Moon Valley High School and graduated from Arizona State University.
“Dave served his community and he continues to serve right now as he is donating his organs for the betterment of people he doesn’t even know,” Yahner said. “We lost a hero, we lost an outstanding member of our community, a father and a great police officer.”
Yahner called Glasser an inspiration to his family, co-workers and the community. He said the department is struggling with the loss and asked for the community’s support.
“This is a dark day for the city of Phoenix,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said during the briefing. “Our entire city is hurting today. This is not the news that we had hoped for, but it is too often the reality for those who are sworn to protect us.”
Stanton said “we will never forget his service, we will never forget him or the family he leaves behind.”
“We are deeply and eternally indebted to Officer Glasser for his service and sacrifice on our behalf,” Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement. “It’s times like this that we must remember that, for our men and women in blue, no call is routine. We must continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with those who serve under the badge.”
Wednesday’s shootout near 51st Avenue and Baseline Road started after a man called 911 saying his stepson had stolen his gun. Officers responded to the burglary-in-progress call and made contact with the suspect in his vehicle, Sgt. Vincent Lewis said. That’s when the suspect opened fire at the officers.
Yahner said as many as six officers returned fire, killing Santos-Banos.
“Not saying anything is right. Two lives are lost here. All lives matter,” said Sheila Lewis, a friend of the suspect.
Friends of the suspect say he was possibly suicidal in the days leading up to the shooting.