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Off-duty officer, off-duty police employee shot in Casa Grande, suspect on the loose

Posted September 6

— The Casa Grande Police Department is searching for the suspect in an officer-involved shooting near a middle school.

Thomas Anderson, a CGPD spokesman, said the two victims are an off-duty police officer and an off-duty civilian employee of the department. He also named the suspect -- Juan Pablo Rodriguez-Fregoso, 37.

CGPD tweeted a photo of Rodriguez-Fregoso. He reportedly fled the scene in an "unknown vehicle."

Anderson was not able to say if the victims had any connection with the suspect, nor did he say what precipitated the shooting.

Both victims were flown to Phoenix-area hospitals; their conditions were not immediately available.

Aerial video from the Penguin Air & Plumbing News Chopper showed the command post, including teams from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, CGPD and Border Patrol.

It shooting happened in an area near Villago Middle School, which was on lockdown, as was the nearby Early Childhood Education Center.

Casa Grande Union High School and McCartney Ranch Elementary School were on lockdown, as well, "as [a] precaution," according to a tweet from the City of Casa Grande.

The City also tweeted that all of the students are safe, describing the lockdown as "simply a safety measure."

According to Startclass by Graphiq, the elementary, middle and high schools together serve more than 3,300 students.

McCartney Ranch Elementary School: 714

Villago Middle School: 875

Casa Grande Union High School: 1,731

Those lockdowns were lifted shortly before noon.

In addition to the school lockdowns, there were restrictions in the Villago subdivision.

The Penguin Air and Plumbing News Chopper is on the way. We will update this story as information becomes available.

Casa Grande is about an hour south of Phoenix via Interstate 10.

This is the 13th officer-involved shooting outside the Valley this year. There have been twice that many in the Phoenix metro area.

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