Police in east-central Arizona were hunting for a gunman after a shooting outside a fast-food restaurant killed an officer.

The Show Low officer, Darrin Reed, died in a nearby hospital several hours after the afternoon shooting. Police identified the suspect as 36-year-old Daniel Erickson and said he was seen leaving a Show Low hotel in a vehicle.

Police said Erickson was dressed in a black leather trench coat and he reportedly was armed with a silver handgun.

The police officer was shot near the hotel about 1:30 p.m., according to investigators. The motive for the shooting wasn't immediately clear.

Police said the car Erickson drove from the scene turned up Tuesday evening, but he was believed to have moved to another vehicle with an Arizona license plate.

Erickson has been known to use the alias of Scott Richardson. Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Show Low is in Arizona's Navajo County.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.