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Search continues for man who allegedly shot officer in Phoenix

Authorities are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect accused of shooting an officer Thursday in Phoenix, and citizens who know his location have been urged to notify authorities.

Law enforcement identified the suspect as Nicholas Cody Cowan, AZFamily.com reported Thursday, and Phoenix police announcement On Friday, the reward increased to $10,000.

In a social media post Thursday night, Phoenix police describe Cowan as having brown hair and weighing 215 pounds. The man was last seen wearing a black hat, black shirt and black shorts.

He also has multiple tattoos and is considered armed and dangerous.

The officer was reportedly taken to surgery at Honor Health Deer Valley Medical Center where she had a bullet removed and was listed in stable condition.

The AZFamily.com article chronicled what happened, according to Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams:

Phoenix police said they were responding to a domestic violence call after a woman rushed to a gas station in the Cave Creek and Beardsley road area around 10:15 a.m. Williams says the woman was scared of a confrontation with Cowan, her boyfriend. The woman said Cowan had “committed several criminal acts” and attempted suicide, police said. She also said he threatened to ‘shoot her’ [with] police if called, investigators said.

When officers arrived at the scene, Cowan drove into the parking lot and when the officer approached him, he allegedly fired from inside his vehicle, hitting the officer.

“Another officer returned fire as Cowan continued to fire, now at the backup officer, police said. He then left. The rescue officer was not hit,” the report added.

Aerial video footage showed multiple police vehicles at the scene, and one man told Fox10 Phoenix, “We wish these people would stop shooting these cops and stuff, because we’re losing them.

In a social media post early Friday, Williams share the award information regarding Cowan and said, “Let’s find this guy.”




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