Search continues for shooter of MCSO detention officer
Phoenix police were investigating a shooting in Phoenix on Thursday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Phoenix police said the witness was able to provide enough information to a forensic artist to create this composite drawing. (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
Jorge Vargas (Source: Facebook)
Jorge Vargas (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
The victim, a Maricopa County Sheriff's employee, was found in the driveway of this home. (Source: CBS 5 News)
TOLLESON, AZ (CBS5) -
The search continued Friday morning for the person who ambushed and shot to death a Maricopa County sheriff's detention officer Thursday.
Jorge Vargas, 27, died from wounds suffered when he was shot while working on his truck in the driveway of his Phoenix home before going to work early Thursday morning.
Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said multiple shots were fired where the body of the 27-year-old Vargas was found about 4 a.m. Thursday.
Neighbors who heard the gunshots found his body in the driveway of the home near 91st Avenue and Durango Street, south of Buckeye Road.
A neighbor told CBS 5 News she was leaving for work when she heard gunshots and saw the suspect run away.
"Just when I walked out the door, I heard three shots go off and it scared me because that's how close it was," said the neighbor who did not want to be identified. "It was really loud."
She said she ran to Vargas to help and called 911.
An extensive ground and air search Thursday morning proved fruitless.
Crump said neighbors said a man was seen running from the scene. He was described as Hispanic, in his 20s, with black hair and between 155 and 160 pounds. He was seen wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts.
Vargas was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, where he died.
He is survived by his wife and a young son.
Vargas was an eight-year veteran with MCSO assigned to the Custody Support Bureau.
Crump said police had not determined a motive.
All roads into and out of the subdivision were blocked throughout Thursday morning.
The neighborhood where the shooting occurred uses Tolleson addresses, but is within Phoenix and under Phoenix PD jurisdiction, Crump said.
Maricopa County sheriff's deputies were also on the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department's Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
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