Suspect dead after exchanging fire with police at Arizona Walmart

Officers in stable condition after witnesses say male suspect shot at one, with the second officer returning fire at Phoenix-area store

Two officers are in stable condition, with one in surgery, and a suspect is dead following a shooting Saturday at a Walmart in suburban Phoenix, authorities said.

Police were called around 6.30am about a trespasser at the store, Chandler police spokesman Seth Tyler said.

The officers encountered the unidentified male suspect at the front of the store, just past the greeters area. According to witnesses, the first officer entered the store and was fired upon immediately by the suspect, Tyler said.

The second officer, who was in close proximity, was also shot but was able to return fire. It is uncertain if the first officer discharged his weapon. Both were wearing bulletproof vests.

I guess you can call it what you want. It sounds like an ambush to me, Tyler said.

The Walmart Supercenter was open for business at the time but is now closed.
Cynthia Ayala was on the other side of the store in a dressing room when she heard the gunfire but didnt at first realize what she had heard.

I thought it was, like, pallets falling. I never thought it would be gunshots, Ayala said.

She said the shots came one after another and then it became apparent they were bullets. I was just really scared as to where they would fall, Ayala said.

She came out of the dressing room when things calmed down. She said employees then escorted her and other shoppers to the stores garden center.

It is unknown how many people were in the store at the time. The names of the officers have not been released.

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