FBI joins search after Phoenix officer shot; $35K reward

April 16, 2022 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — The reward grew to $35,000 as FBI agents joined the search Friday for a suspect in a shootout with Phoenix police that wounded one officer.

Nicholas Cowan, 35, is considered armed and dangerous and likely was injured in Thursday’s shootout with police at a gas station, Phoenix police said Friday.

The wounded officer, a 24-year veteran of the police department, remained hospitalized and was “doing well” Friday after successful surgery Thursday to remove a bullet, police said. Her name was not released.

Police said officers were speaking with Cowan’s girlfriend regarding the woman’s domestic violence call to police when Cowan arrived at the gas station in his vehicle.

One officer was approaching Cowan when Cowan shot her from inside his vehicle, police said. Another officer returned fire as Cowan continued shooting before he fled the scene, they said. Police later found the car he’d been driving.


The FBI added $25,000 and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives added $5,000 to the $5,000 reward the Silent Witness crime-tip program announced earlier Friday for information leading to the arrest of Cowan.

“Let’s find this guy,” Police Chief Jeri Williams said on Twitter.

Phoenix police said reward monies will be handled independently by individual agencies and may have different payout criteria.


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