Police shoot driver who hit cyclists in Arizona bike race
The driver of a pickup truck struck a group of cyclists during a bike race in Show Low, Ariz. On Saturday, seriously injuring six people before the driver fled and was shot by police, the police said. authorities.
The driver of the truck, a black Ford Super Duty, struck cyclists during the Bike the Bluff race at around 7:25 a.m. local time, police said.
Officers attempted to stop the driver, which “ultimately led to the suspect being shot,” Navajo County Emergency Management and Preparedness said in A declaration.
The driver, who was identified by police as a 35-year-old white male, was in critical but stable condition, the agency said.
It was not immediately clear what had happened before the driver crashed into the cyclists.
Show Low police said the Arizona Department of Public Safety was on their way to investigate the shooting.
Six people were taken to hospital. Four were in critical condition and two were in critical but stable condition, police said. Two or three other victims entered the hospital, police said.
“Our community is shocked by this incident and our hearts and prayers are with the injured and their families at this time,” the county emergency management agency said.
The crash and shooting occurred during the 13th annual Bike the Bluff Race, which follows a 58-mile course through eastern Arizona.
Race officials did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
Show Low is a town of about 11,000 people, about 180 miles northeast of Phoenix.