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PHOENIX -- Mayor Greg Stanton called for prayers for the family of a police officer who was killed in the line of duty Monday.

Stanton released a statement shortly after it was announced the officer had been killed and another was in surgery in critical condition.

"Today's event is a tragic reminder of the incredible dangers our police officers face each and every day. Phoenix has lost a 21-year veteran of our Police Department who willingly put his life in harm's way to keep us safe, and was actively working to take the worst kind of violent criminal off our streets. Another officer, a nine-year veteran of the force, continues to fight for his life.

"This is the most difficult kind of day for our City. I ask that all of Phoenix join Nicole and me and pray for these officers, their families and loved ones, as well as every one of our brave men and women in uniform."

The suspect in the shooting was killed by police.

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