Sheriff: Injured Deputy ‘on life support’; the manhunt continues

The sheriff for metro Phoenix said a surveillance was conducted Saturday for a suspect who escaped after allegedly attacking and critically injuring a sheriff’s deputy who was processing the arrested man at a sheriff’s substation.

PHOENIX – A manhunt was conducted Saturday for a suspect who escaped after allegedly attacking and critically injuring a sheriff’s deputy who was processing the arrested man at a sheriff’s substation in a Phoenix suburb, the sheriff for metro Phoenix.

The injured deputy was in critical condition at a hospital, where he was taken after another deputy found him unconscious and bleeding from his face, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said. “Our deputy is in life support.”

The identity of the injured deputy was not released. The sheriff identified the suspect as Clinton Hurley, 30.

Penzone said the deputy processed Hurley at the sheriff’s substation in Avondale after Hurley was arrested on felony warrants.

Hurley grabbed the deputy’s SUV, crashed it into a fence and drove off, but then carjacked another vehicle, Penzone said.

Penzone did not say if the wounded deputy’s gun was missing. But he described Hurley as armed and dangerous.

Hurley was released from the state prison system in December, Penzone said.

The website of the state’s Department of Corrections Rehabilitation and Reentry said Hurley was released in December after being incarcerated with a convict for attempted child molestation.

Penzone said a $ 10,000 reward was issued for Hurley and anyone who helped Hurley “will be the target of law enforcement.”

“It’s a perfect example of what evil looks like,” Penzone said. “Either you stand with us and fight evil, or evil wins.”

The deputy, Penzone said, was “a good young man willing to fight to protect you and your family.”

Hurley was described as white, 5 feet-9, 190 pounds and with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a black long -sleeved shirt and blue jeans, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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