Phoenix PD releases body camera footage showing female officer shot dead in ambush

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The Phoenix Police Department has released jaw-dropping body camera footage of an April 14 shooting that injured a 40-year-old female police officer.

The shooting took place at a petrol station near Cave Creek and Beardsley Road. Officers responded to a domestic violence call and met a woman there, as she told them she was uncomfortable meeting the police at her home.

Phoenix Police Department body camera footage.
(Phoenix PD)

In a 911 phone call released by police, the woman told officers her boyfriend, Nicholas Cowan, 35, was suicidal and acting erratically. She feared there would be a violent confrontation if the officers showed up where they were.

In body camera footage, officers can be seen interviewing a woman as a blue Prius pulls up. The female officer, identified as Denise Bruce-Jones, approaches the car and is shot, falling backwards. From the side, her partner hits back at the Prius as she pulls away. Gunshots can be seen hitting the walls and windows of the convenience store.


The shooting suspect, later identified as 35-year-old Nicholas Cowan, eluded authorities for several days. He was arrested in Scottsdale, following a barricade situation on April 17.

On Thursday, police announced the arrest of Michael Hankins, 41, for allegedly helping Cowan while he was on the run.

Police said in a probable cause statement that Hankins allowed Cowan to stay in his apartment for two nights before renting a residence in Scottsdale for the wanted man.

It was not immediately clear whether Hankins had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.


Police said Thursday that a woman was also arrested Wednesday in the case, but a Maricopa County Superior Court spokesperson said Thursday the court has no records of the charges against the person.

Fox News’ Adam Sabes and The Associated contributed to this report.

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