Phoenix police officers shot in ambush amid 'barrage of bullets' as they try to pull driver over for traffic stop

TWO police officers were shot in an ambush after pulling a car over early Sunday morning.

Phoenix police are looking for the suspect that opened fire on the officers, shooting a "barrage of bullets" at the patrol car during an attempted traffic stop.

The pair of officers tried to pull a car over for an unspecified traffic violation after it had fled them the first time around 1am, according to law enforcement.

A man who had been standing on the side of the road started shooting at them as they pulled the vehicle over, police say.

“It appears that officers were shot by someone hiding in the darkness, literally trying to pick our officers off,” Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said at a press conference.

The driver of the stopped car reportedly left his vehicle and tried to run away, but was eventually taken into custody for questioning.

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While the driver was detained, the shooter is still at large. Police have been encouraging residents to avoid the area as the scene is still active.

Both officers are expected to survive their injuries from the shooting.

One policeman was hospitalized after being shot in the wrist, according to officials.

The officer in the driver's seat had suffered minor injuries from flying glass.

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"This is the 7th Phoenix officer shot and 12th injured in the line of duty in the past three months," Williams said.

"This kind of violence within our community and toward police officers cannot become the new normal." 

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The victims' identities have not been released, as well as the identity of the suspect in questioning.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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