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Phoenix police officer shot, wounded; suspect in custody

Tyler Moldovan
Phoenix Police Department via AP
In this undated photo provided by the Phoenix Police Department is Officer Tyler Moldovan. The 22-year-old Phoenix police officer is fighting for his life Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, after being shot and gravely wounded, police officials told reporters outside a midtown hospital.

Phoenix police officials say a 22-year-old officer is fighting for his life after he was shot and gravely wounded.

Officials told reporters outside a midtown hospital that Officer Tyler Moldovan was shot Tuesday at an apartment complex’s parking area while officers were looking for a person who had been driving erratically.

Police Chief Jeri Williams says the hospital’s staff is doing everything possible to save Moldovan.

A police department spokesperson said no officers fired their weapons while taking a suspect into custody who was not immediately identified.

Another department spokesperson said Moldovan graduated from the police academy last March.