Walmart Fight Leaves One Person Dead; Police Officer Injured

The scene of the fight involving eight officers and nine suspects Saturday night in Cottonwood. (Photo: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
The scene of the fight involving eight officers and nine suspects Saturday night in Cottonwood.
(Photo: Arizona Department of Public Safety)

Eight officers and a Walmart employee were assaulted in a Cottonwood parking lot Saturday night in a fight that left one suspect dead, another wounded and seven in custody, officials said.

The fight happened Saturday night after Cottonwood Police Department received a call at 11:52 p.m. from a Cottonwood Walmart reporting that multiple suspects assaulted a female employee in the store, according to a press release from the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

When officers arrived, the suspects were in the parking lot and attacked the officers, the release said. One suspect was shot and killed during the fight, another was shot in the abdomen, and a total of seven others were taken into custody.

The suspects are from the same family, according to DPS spokesman Bart Graves.

A Walmart employee and eight officers were involved in the fight. One officer was shot in the leg and the other seven were left with cuts and bruises.

The officer that was shot in the leg is 31 years old and has been with Cottonwood police for 10 years, the release said. He was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center for surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

SOURCE: Kaila White
The Republic | azcentral.com

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