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Federal officer shot in drive-by outside Phoenix courthouse

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A federal officer who works for the U.S. Marshal’s Service was shot on Tuesday outside the Sandra Day O’Connor federal courthouse in Phoenix in a drive-by shooting. The bullet hit the officer in his protective vest and he sustained non-life-threatening injuries.  

One person is in custody.

“The officer was taken to a hospital and was expected to recover, according to city police and the FBI. Jill McCabe, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Phoenix office, said someone was later detained and there was no indication of a further threat to the public,” reports the Associated Press.

Jill McCabe is a prominent Democrat and the wife of Andrew McCabe, the former FBI Deputy Director implicated in the disgraced “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation that illegally tried to entrap members of President Trump’s campaign.

The officer was shot around 11:30 a.m., and the FBI said they had captured a suspect by 2 p.m., after locating the suspect’s car a few blocks away.

“The officer was working for the U.S. Marshals and was checking a UPS truck that was making a delivery into the federal building. The UPS driver was talking to the officer when three bullets hit his truck,” says local AZ Family CBS.

“When he heard the gunshots, he went down to the ground and he heard them hit his vehicle on the passenger side but he also saw one of the federal marshals hit the ground and grab his chest,” said Mitchell Gallagher, a UPS union representative.

The Maricopa County Attorney, Allister Adel, was quick to denounce the Phoenix shooting.

“The attack today against a federal officer is reprehensible and inexcusable,” said Adel. “We must come together as a community and reject this type of violence. Praying for a speedy recovery for the officer.”

The shooting comes just days after two Los Angeles deputies were shot by an assailant who targeted them as they sat in their car.

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