FBI Names Person of Interest in Camp Verde Tribal Officer Shooting

Authorities have named a person of interest involved in the shooting of a tribal officer near Camp Verde, Arizona on Wednesday.

The FBI is looking for 39-year-old Valentin Rodriguez, who may have information about the February 9 police shooting. Rodriguez, is described as a Hispanic male, 5’9”, about 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He may be a member of or connected to the Yavapai-Apache tribe in Camp Verde.

The shooting occurred on the Yavapai-Apache Indian Reservation at about 7:30 p.m. Officers responded to a call of shots fired near State Route 260 and Cherry Creek Road.

The officer shot in the incident is Officer Preston Brogdon, a five-year veteran of the Yavapai-Apache Police Department. According to officials, he is in critical but stable condition.

Photo Credit: Yavapai-Apache – Police Department Officer Preston Brogdon pictured with his wife.

When officers arrived to the scene, the suspect got out of a vehicle and began shooting at officers. The man then fled on foot and has not been located.

Anyone with information about Rodriguez’s whereabouts is asked to contact the FBI Phoenix Field Office at (623) 466-1999.

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