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Metro Phoenix assistant in intensive care; suspicious shot

Authorities say man suspected of seriously injuring Phoenix subway sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed by landlord with whom he had a history of conflict

PHOENIX – A suspect who allegedly assaulted and seriously injured a Phoenix subway sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed by a landlord with whom he had a history of conflict, authorities said on Sunday.

Maricopa County Sheriff officials said the suspect, identified as Clinton Robert Hurley, 30, was hospitalized in critical condition while the deputy was on life support.

Hurley was gunned down Saturday night at a home in Tonopah, some 52 miles (83 kilometers) west of Phoenix.

The manhunt against Hurley began around 11 a.m. on Saturday after he allegedly attacked a deputy who was treating the suspect on multiple felony arrest warrants at a sub-station in the suburb of Avondale, about 18 miles (28 kilometers) west of Phoenix, authorities said.

Sheriff officials said the deputy, a three-year veteran of the department whose name was not immediately disclosed, was found unconscious and bleeding from his face and rushed to hospital.

Hurley took the deputy’s SUV, crashed through a fence and fled the area before he stole another vehicle and made his way to Tonopah, authorities said.

Sheriff Paul Penzone told a press conference on Saturday night that Hurley and the unidentified owner had a history of conflict, but he did not release any details.

Hurley was released from an Arizona jail in December after serving time for attempted pedophilia, Penzone added.

It was not immediately clear if Hurley had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

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