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Police officer wounded in shootout ID'd as Albert Casados

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Phoenix Police Officer John Hobbs was killed in the line of duty Monday afternoon. (Source: Phoenix Police Department) Phoenix Police Officer John Hobbs was killed in the line of duty Monday afternoon. (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
Monday afternoon's shooting scene at 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. (Source: CBS 5 News) Monday afternoon's shooting scene at 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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Phoenix Police Office Albert "A.J." Casados (Source: Phoenix Police Department) Phoenix Police Office Albert "A.J." Casados (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The surviving detective who was wounded Monday during a shootout with a violent, convicted felon has been identified as Albert J. Casados.       

Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia said the wounded officer has been released from the hospital "and is expected to make a full recovery."

Casados, 37, known as A.J., is a former Marine and a nine-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department. He was shot once on his right side, police announced.

Officer Tim Baiardi worked with Casados when Casados first joined the department.

"He's one of those guys you want when things do down," said Baiardi.

"He's a tough individual. He's a Marine Corps veteran. He worked for the Border Patrol before he became a cop here with the City of Phoenix. He's a tough individual," he continued.

The gun battle left his partner, Officer John Hobbs, 43, and the suspect, William Thornton, dead.

"They (Hobbs and Casados) spend a lot of time together, know each other very well, know about each other personally," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos. "He was there (major offenders unit) three years. John was there seven years. So they had to have had a very close bond."

As members of the department's major offenders unit, Casados and Hobbs dealt with suspects who "either are accustomed to prison and don't mind going back," or those who will do anything to prevent a return to prison, according to police.

"I guarantee you they were doing good work," said Baiardi.

Monday's shootout is not the first on-duty brush with death for Casados. In 2008, Casados and another officer were called to a fight at a party near Third Street and Buckeye. A man reportedly went at officers with a knife. Casados and the other officer opened fire, killing the man.

On Monday afternoon, the suspect had been under surveillance when the officers, dressed in plain clothes, were apparently recognized. Thornton tried to elude them in his car before crashing into several vehicles at 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

An 83-year-old woman and a man in his 40s were hurt and taken to hospitals. The man was treated and released and the woman was reportedly doing well.

Thornton ran from his car with "with reckless abandon" and tried to run from the officers, said Garcia. He turned and opened fire as Hobbs and the other officer, who was driving, got out of their car. Garcia said Hobbs was able to return fire even as he lay badly wounded on the ground. Hobbs died at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Hobbs is survived by his wife and three children, ages 10, 8 and 6.

Garcia said funeral services for Hobbs are scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m., at Christ's Church of the Valley at 7007 W. Happy Valley Road in Peoria.

Visitation is set for Sunday between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Surprise Funeral Care at 16063 W. Bell Road in Surprise.

Burial is at Phoenix Memorial Park and Cemetery at 200 W. Beardsley Road in Phoenix.

"It is a tragic death and as one can imagine, extremely difficult for the immediate family," Martos said Wednesday.

In the face of tragedy, Garcia has said he and his department have been touched by the support from police officers, citizens and others in the hours after the shooting.

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