Two Arizona cops were shot at a Walmart Saturday morning when a trespassing transient “ambushed” them inside the super store, police said.
Mitchell Oakley, 24, was shot and killed after he opened fire on officers as they walked into the Phoenix-area retailer, police said.
The Chandler police officers, who have not been identified, were called to the suburb’s Walmart to remove a trespasser, officials said. Oakley approached them in the front of the store, near the greeters’ area, and started shooting as soon as they arrived, police said.
“I guess you can call it what you want. It sounds like an ambush to me,” Chandler police spokesman Seth Tyler said.
Oakley, a transient who had family in the Chandler area, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
ABC 15 Arizona: Two officers were called out 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 who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both officers were transported to the Chandler Regional Medical Center where they are both in stable condition after being shot multiple times. The first officer underwent surgery, it’s not known what medical procedures the second officer underwent.
The Walmart Supercenter was open for business at the time but is now closed. It is unknown how many people were in the store at the time.
Two officers shot, suspect killed after officer-involved shooting in Chandler Walmart at Loop 202 & AZ Ave pic.twitter.com/meGS1USoqB
— Hans Pedersen (@HansP10) April 23, 2016
Both our officers are in stable condition. Thank you for your prayers.
— Sean Duggan (@Chief_Duggan) April 23, 2016
Cynthia Ayala was on the other side of the store in a dressing room when she heard the gunfire but didn’t at first realize what she heard.
“I thought it was like pallets falling. I never thought it would be gunshots,” Ayala said.
Chandler, a suburb of Phoenix, is about 20 miles southeast of the city.
Via New York Daily News & ABC 15