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Arizona police hunt for suspect after officer shot in the head

Sgt. Robert CarpenterTucson Police Department

An Arizona police officer is in critical condition after being shot in the head during a robbery at a home early Sunday, KVOA TV reports.

Sgt. Robert Carpenter is recovering following surgery at UAMC, Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said at a news conference, the station reports.

The suspect in the shooting is described as a Hispanic male, 20 to 30  years old, about 160 pounds, and wearing a dark blue jersey with “43.” He also was wearing blue jeans, Villasenor said, according to KVOA.

The officers responded two times to the home on Sunday morning: the first was at 1:43 a.m., when Tucson Police responded to a residential alarm and secured the residence. The area was searched but no suspect was found.

Officers then responded to a forced entry call at 5:15 a.m. to the same address, Villasenor said.

Officers arrived at the scene almost immediately and searched the area, but did not find any suspects. As officers were securing the scene, they heard a loud noise, and discovered that Sgt. Carpenter had been shot, KVOA reports.

The suspect fled on foot.

Police are now searching for the suspect with patrol vehicles, a helicopter, and other resources.

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