Injured Yavapai-Apache Nation police officer now released from intensive care

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CAMP VERDE, Ariz. — A Yavapai-Apache Nation police officer who was shot and wounded by a gunman last week has been moved out of a hospital’s intensive care unit and is being transferred to a center for rehabilitation, authorities said on Tuesday.

Police officials said Sgt. Preston Brogdon, a five-year veteran, was shot in the abdomen last Wednesday night. He underwent several surgeries, but his broken pelvis or hip will not be repaired with further surgeries, the tribe’s police department said.

“He continues to show incredible strength and determination to heal,” Yavapai-Apache Police Chief Nathan Huibregtse said in a statement. “Preston has a long road to recovery ahead of him.”

“Preston is awake and getting stronger every day,” Brogdon’s wife Bailey said.

A warrant has been issued for a man suspected of shooting Brogdon. A federal criminal complaint released last Friday accuses 39-year-old Valentin Rodriguez of assaulting two tribal officers and discharging a firearm in a violent crime.

The FBI continues to search for Rodriguez, who fled the scene on foot after the shooting.

Brogdon and another Yavapai-Apache officer had responded to a call of shots being fired in a housing area near the Verde River.

Yavapai Silent Witness and the FBI are offering a combined reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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