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Phoenix police commander killed, 2 other officers wounded responding to domestic disturbance


A 31-year police veteran was killed and two other officers were wounded when a man shot them during a domestic disturbance Sunday in Arizona, authorities said.

Phoenix Police Commander Greg Carnicle, who was just months away from retiring, was responding to a call about an altercation between two roommates when one of the suspects opened fire.

Police released few details about the incident, but they said the two other wounded cops were in stable condition and are expected to survive. Authorities did not immediately disclose the fate of the shooter even as the scene was cleared around midnight.

Dozens of police cruisers led a procession for Carnicle shortly after his death was confirmed late Sunday night.

“Tonight we lost a true hero,” Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams told reporters in a brief news conference.

The commander, who’s survived by his wife and four children, oversaw all evening and weekend patrol operations. He had previously worked with the department’s K9 unit and the special assignments unit, according to police.

“No words are adequate to express my sadness for Commander Carnicle’s family and @PhoenixPolice,” Mayor Kate Gallego tweeted early Monday morning. “After a decorated career spent keeping PHX safe, he had his choice of assignments. He volunteered to be a Night Commander — this is the truest sign of the integrity of his character.”

Gov. Doug Ducey also took to Twitter to send his condolences.

“Please join me in praying for these officers, their families, and the entire @PhoenixPolice community,” he wrote.

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