Apache Junction police officer shot chasing vehicle; stable after surgery

Apache Junction police officer shot chasing vehicle; stable after surgery
Apache Junction police officer in stable condition after being shot on Tuesday, Mar. 16. (Source: AZ Family)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - An Apache Junction police officer is now stable after being shot while chasing a suspected stolen vehicle on Tuesday, Mar. 16.

Cpl. Marshall Harshman with the Apache Junction Police Department said the officer has been identified as Officer Brian Brugman.

The shooting happened near Main Street and Crismon Road just before 4 p.m.

According to law enforcement, Brugman was among officers pursuing a suspected stolen truck wanted in connection to a vehicle theft at a Bank of America a few days ago. When officers tried to stop the truck and the driver tried to ram the officers several times, Harshman said.

Harshman said one of the officers shot at the truck, striking one of the suspects. The other man shot back and struck Brugman in the neck. The officer was rushed to the hospital and is in stable condition following emergency surgery.

One suspect was taken into custody and the other suspect who was shot was taken to another hospital.

For additional details on Officer Brian Brugman, visit the AZ Family website.

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