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Posted: Monday, March 3, 2014 5:32 pm

Sources tell ABC15 two officers have been shot and a suspect is dead after gunfire broke out at a west Phoenix intersection.

Phoenix Sgt. Steve Martos said the two undercover detectives were transported from the scene in critical condition. Both are currently in surgery and police "are hoping for the best," Sgt. Trent Crump said.

A third detective was involved in the incident but was not injured.

According to Martos, 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road has been shut down and is expected to be closed for several hours.

Martos said a suspect wanted on a felony warrant was killed in the confrontation. No other suspects are being sought in the shooting.

Witnesses in the area told ABC15 they heard more than a dozen shots fired in the altercation.

"After the gunshots, everyone pretty much scattered," Nick Cusson said.

Sources say the two officers are part of a fugitive apprehension team and had tracked the homicide suspect to the intersection from a nearby neighborhood.

Air15 video showed a pickup truck and two sedans involved in an apparent collision in the roadway. Paramedics were seen working on a patient and loading that person into an ambulance.

Officer James Holmes said an 83-year-old woman and 50-year-old man suffered minor injuries in the crash and were transported to a nearby hospital as a precaution.

RCB Medical Arts School, located just north of Bethany Home on 43rd Avenue, was evacuated as police continued to investigate.

Glendale police tweeted that 43rd Avenue has been shut down between Camelback and Maryland, while Bethany Home is closed from 47th to 39th avenues. The closures are expected to be in effect for most of the night and potentially through the morning hours.

Follow ABC15's Allison Rodriguez and Sara Goldenberg on Twitter for updates from the scene. Christopher Sign will also be following the latest developments on the story.

Stay with abc15.com for updates.

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