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May 01, 2011
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Officer, suspect dead after Phoenix shootout

Off-duty officers were working a private security job at a nightclub when gun battle broke out

Associated Press

PHOENIX — A police officer from the west Phoenix suburb of Buckeye was killed and a second officer critically wounded Sunday in an early morning shootout that also left a suspect dead.

The off-duty officers were working a private security job at a nightclub when they got into an altercation that ended with a gun battle, Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said.

The wounded officer suffered multiple gunshot wounds. A second suspect also was wounded and was in critical condition at midday Sunday. Police were looking for a third suspect who fled the scene.

The shooting happened just after 1 a.m. at a swap meet called El Gran Mercado that also has an open-air nightclub with a stage for concerts and a dance floor, Thompson said.

The Arizona Republic identified the dead officer as Rolando Tirado and the wounded officer as Christopher Paz. Their ages were not released.

Tirado was a married father of two children who had been a police officer for 11 years, seven with the Buckeye Police Department. Paz was a four-year veteran of the department.

Calls and emails from The Associated Press to Buckeye police were not immediately returned.

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Arizona law enforcement officers frequently work private security jobs or road construction safety assignments to supplement their income, Thompson said. They generally work in uniform.

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