PHOENIX (AP) — A metro Phoenix sheriff's deputy who has been hospitalized after suffering grave injuries at the hands of a man he arrested will be taken off life support.
Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said Monday the family of Deputy Juan “Johnny” Ruiz has decided to remove life support after seeing no sign that he would be able to recover.
For the time being, Ruiz will remain on life support while he undergoes tests to donate his organs.
“Over the next few days, he will be making a sacrifice so that others may benefit,” Penzone said.
The man accused of attacking Ruiz, 30-year-old Clinton Robert Hurley, remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday after getting in a gunfight with a homeowner.
The ordeal started Saturday when Ruiz arrested Hurley, who had outstanding warrants, and was transferring him into a holding cell at a substation in suburban Avondale, which is about 18 miles (28 kilometers) west of Phoenix.
Police say an uncuffed Hurley beat Ruiz, who tried to radio for assistance several times. Authorities say Hurley took keys from a bleeding and unconscious Ruiz and fled in a deputy vehicle, crashing through a gate.
Deputies found Ruiz after reports came in of someone suspicious driving a police vehicle. He was rushed to a hospital.
A manhunt for Hurley ensued.
Later in the day, deputies responded to a shooting at a home in Tonopah about 52 miles (83 kilometers) west of Phoenix. Deputies determined a man fired on the homeowner, Penzone said. The homeowner then shot back and hit the man three times. One bullet resulted in a serious wound.
Deputies attempting first aid recognized Hurley because of his tattoos, according to Penzone.
Investigators say Hurley and the homeowner were known to each other but did not say the nature of their relationship.
Hurley was released from an Arizona prison in December after serving time for attempted child molestation, authorities said. It was not known Monday whether he had retained an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
Ruiz was with the sheriff's office for three years.