Bodycam shows moment Phoenix cop is shot, wounded at gas station

Dramatic video captures the shootout that left Officer Denise Bruce-Jones wounded

By Suzie Ziegler 

PHOENIX — Shocking new video from the Phoenix Police Department shows the moment an officer is shot at a gas station on Thursday. 

Police were called to the gas station for a report about a man who was acting “crazy” and hitting himself with a bat, according to When cops arrived, officers spoke with the 911 caller, who identified herself as the subject’s ex-girlfriend. The suspect, Nicholas Cowan, is nowhere to be found. 

In the video, Officer Denise Bruce-Jones is speaking with the 911 caller outside the gas station when a Prius pulls up. 

“Oh my god, that’s him, in the Prius,” the woman said. Bruce-Jones starts to approach the car when Cowan shoots her. Bruce-Jones falls to the ground and a second officer takes cover, then opens fire at Cowan’s fleeing car. Cowan was on the run for three days before he was taken into custody on April 17, FOX 10 reported. 

Bruce-Jones was shot in the stomach, police said. The 24-year veteran and was moved to a rehab facility on Friday, according to WABI. Her spouse is also a Phoenix police officer. 

Cowan’s sister says her brother is schizophrenic and bipolar, and said he admitted he was off his medication, according to AZFamily. 

Cowan is facing two counts of attempted first-degree murder, among other charges. 

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