Arizona police officer shot in the arm during shootout with suspect in Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD, Arizona – A police officer was shot in the arm with a shotty during a shootout with a suspect in Cottonwood.

At about 7:45pm Wednesday, officers were called to the area of East Birch and South 15th streets for a call about a man who was charging vehicles passing by him.

When officials arrived on scene, they found Thomas hiding behind a bush, holding what was believed to be a flagpole. Thomas reportedly fled and began making erratic statements, saying officers were going to “kill” him.

As officers followed, it was discovered that Thomas was carrying a shotgun with “what appeared to be a makeshift flag.”

Police say Thomas opened fire, hitting Officer Matt Strickland in the arm.

The officer sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect was taken into custody a short time later.