One person was killed in an officer-involved shooting late Sunday evening, according to a Sierra Vista Police Department release.
The incident happened near Golden Acres and State Route 92, after a routine traffic stop. The vehicle stopped and then sped away, stopping again briefly in the 3900 block of Mahonia Place. It was at this point the driver allegedly sped toward the officer, according to the release, causing the officer to fire his weapon at the car, hitting and killing the driver. A passenger, inside the car fled the scene on foot and has not been located. The driver has not been identified at this time.
"The officer involved was not injured and has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy regarding officer involved shootings, while a joint investigation is being conducted with the Sierra Vista Police Department, the Cochise County Sheriff's Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation," said SVPD Commander Adam Thrasher.
The officer has been identified as officer Justin Dannels, a two-year veteran of the Sierra Vista Police Department.
Sierra Vista Police Chief Thomas Alinen requested that the Federal Bureau of Investigation assist the Sierra Vista Police Department and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office with the investigation because Officer Dannels is the son of Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact SVPD at (520) 452-7500.
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