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Community rallies around Phoenix police after shootout

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The early stages of a memorial at the site of the Monday's gun battle. (Source: CBS 5 News) The early stages of a memorial at the site of the Monday's gun battle. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Slain Phoenix Police Officer John Hobbs, a 21-year veteran of the force. (Source: Phoenix Police Dept. via family members) Slain Phoenix Police Officer John Hobbs, a 21-year veteran of the force. (Source: Phoenix Police Dept. via family members)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Community outpouring for the family of a slain Phoenix police officer and the rest of the department continued Tuesday. 

Throughout the day, a growing memorial has been the place where many have left balloons, flowers, notes and even tears as they remember one of Phoenix police's finest - Officer John Hobbs, a 21-year veteran of the force.

The shootout occurred near 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road Monday afternoon after a violent convicted felon fled in his car, caused a three-vehicle collision and ran away on foot before exchanging gunfire with officers outside a check cashing and title loan business. Hobbs' partner was critically wounded.

"I felt a sense of sadness and a little anger because the officers were just doing their job," said Donna Murdock, who lives a few blocks from the Title Max store where the officer was shot. 

Brandon Johnson came from Peoria with his 3-year-old son. "I think they stick their neck on the line for us every day. I think it's very important for us to remember the families of these officers," said Johnson.  

At high noon, the Phoenix police helicopter flew over the scene where the gun battle took over the west Phoenix community on Monday shortly after 3 p.m. 

Jong Chung, who runs a business near the scene, showed us the bullet holes left behind on his store.

"It's terrible," he said.

Others like Wayne Monton say they stand as witnesses of the hard work of the Phoenix police.

"I just feel it's our obligation and our duty because when we call them, they always show up," he says.

In the two months he's had his shoe store operating, he has had to call for help three times.  Every time, he says, the officers respond promptly. Monton is one of the organizers for a prayer vigil for the fallen officer. 

"We are going to take this matter before the Lord and just basically pray, and ask the Lord to bless this community, bless this officer who died and his family, bless the officer who was injured and all of the Phoenix police officers," he said. 

The prayer vigil will be held Friday, March 7 at the Title Max parking lot on 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

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