2 people in custody for Gila River shooting that killed police officer

GILA RIVER, AZ (AZFamily) — The FBI says two people are in custody in connection with a shooting that killed a Gila River police officer, injured another and hospitalized several people.

On Sunday, the FBI’s Phoenix field office said a man and a boy had been arrested and were receiving medical treatment for injuries sustained in the shooting.

The shooting occurred around 2 a.m. Saturday when Gila River Public Safety received a 911 call about a disturbance at a home in Santan on W. Moffett Road, located in Indian Community District 4 of Gila River.

Gila River Police Department (GRPD) officers arrived on scene to find a large crowd, where several shots were fired.

Two police officers, including Officer Joshua Briese, along with four others, were struck by gunfire and taken to the hospital.

Officer Briese died from his injuries. The second officer remains in serious but stable condition. Another person died but has not been identified.

The FBI and Gila River Police continue to conduct interviews, gather evidence and investigate all aspects of the case.

Once the FBI case is completed, it will be forwarded to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona for a charging decision.

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