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Deputy Ruben Garcia (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office photo)

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP)- A Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition after being shot in Peoria.

The suspect sought in the shooting has been found dead. He's identified as 54-year-old Donald Miller Sr. of Peoria.

Authorities identify the deputy as Ruben Garcia, who's a 29-year veteran.

He was shot multiple times in a Peoria lot early Tuesday after he stopped a man in a truck.


Donald Miller Sr.

The man's former girlfriend had earlier called authorities to say he was suicidal.

Witnesses say they heard shots ring out and saw the deputy on the ground in the parking lot.

Two Peoria police officers, Lt. Steve Hadley and Officer Aaron brewer, spotted the suspect, who fired at officers and was then shot.

SWAT team officers ultimately found Miller dead in a vehicle. Authorities say it's still unclear if he committed suicide.

Associated Press,

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