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Phoenix Police Officer in critical condition after being ambushed, shot during traffic stop

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A Phoenix Police officer is in critical condition after being shot during a traffic stop Thursday night.

Authorities say the officer -who is reported to be “younger” and has only been on the department for about a year- pulled over a vehicle around 8 PM. As he was getting out of his car, he was “ambushed” by the suspect.

An exchange of gunfire took place and both men were wounded.

PPD Chief Jerri WIllis told Fox News affiliates that the shooting is the department’s 34th officer-related case of “shots fired” this year.

“You come to work, and you hope for the best, you know, understanding that not everybody, obviously, wants to cause us harm, but you just never know,” said PPD Sergeant Mercedes Fortune.

The incident is under investigation.

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