Reports: Shots Fired Near Vigil For Slain Maricopa County Deputy; No One Hurt

Shots were fired near a vigil Monday evening for a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputy who died after being on life support, according to several metro Phoenix news outlets. 

The Arizona Republic is working to get confirmation from law enforcement that shots were fired and whether anyone was detained. 

UPDATE: Police say gunshots fired near vigil for Maricopa County deputy in Avondale were unrelated to event

The Sheriff's Office deferred The Republic's questions to Avondale police, who did not reply as of 9:45 p.m. Neither did the Arizona Department of Public Safety. 

It was not immediately clear if the shots were fired into the crowd at the vigil or if they were part of a shooting unrelated to the vigil. Journalists from other outlets reported no one was hurt. 

People began congregating at the Sheriff's Office Avondale substation near Van Buren Street and Dysart Road about 5:30 p.m. to honor Maricopa County Deputy Juan Miguel Ruiz, who died after being beaten unconscious by a man he was putting into a holding cell on Saturday.

ABC15 reporter Zach Crenshaw posted on Twitter at 6:35 p.m. that five or more shots were fired at the substation and law enforcement quickly found and detained one person and began searching for another. 

12 News reporter Niala Charles posted on Twitter that she "along with other news crews, deputies, and families were told to duck."

#BREAKING shots were just fired outside the MCSO Avondale substation, where a vigil was being held for slain deputy Ruiz.

Unclear who was target or if someone was shot.

Deputies took off towards the 5 plus shots. Made one arrest. They believe another shooter is out there. pic.twitter.com/mqjGhS6Qof

— Zach Crenshaw (@ZachCrenshaw) October 12, 2021

Crenshaw later posted that an officer at the scene said the person whom law enforcement initially detained said he was being shot at by people in a car, so police said it is possible he was the victim of a potential drive-by but that no one was actually injured. 

UPDATE from officer on scene:

The guy detained - who was running in the area of gunfire - told deputies “I was being shot at by people in a car.”

So cops think it’s potentially a drive-by.

No one actually injured/shot.

So far no arrests. pic.twitter.com/mGhQyYpnle

— Zach Crenshaw (@ZachCrenshaw) October 12, 2021

By 7:30 p.m., the scene at the substation was calm, and almost all officers dispersed soon after. Candles and posters honoring Ruiz decorated the area. 

Reach breaking news editor Kaila White at kaila.white@arizonarepublic.com or on Twitter @kailawhite.

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