On the heels of a deadly shooting in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he plans to arm his deputies with some serious firepower.
Arpaio revealed that he'll purchase 400 semi-automatic assault rifles for his patrol deputies.
The weapons will not be purchased with taxpayer money. Instead, Arpaio said, the rifles will be purchased using the department's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) fund, which uses money forfeited from drug deals and other crimes.
Arpaio's staff estimates the weapons should be in the deputies' hands by this spring. Once distributed, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office will be home to the largest number of semi-automatic assault weapons in the county.
"Every day on duty is a dangerous proposition," Arpaio said. "Also, because we are front and center in the fight against drug and human trafficking, my deputies need all the protection we can provide."
Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.
Arpaio to arm deputies with 400 new assault riflesMore>>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:21 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:21:23 GMT
From the Tyler Police Department:At approximately 5:20Pm on May 24, 2013, Tyler Police were notified of the motorcycle accident at Grande and Sutherland. The driver of a black Ford F-150 was heading east onMore >>
Rider was not wearing a helmet when she collided with a truck.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 9:18 AM EDT2013-05-25 13:18:01 GMT
Cherokee County authorities are investigating a fatal house fire Friday night. It happened just before 7:30 on County Road 3302 outside of Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Fire Department, Cherokee CountyMore >>
Happened just outside of Jacksonville on Friday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:59 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:59:21 GMT
A Tyler ISD bus driver was arrested Friday afternoon on drug charges.Ronald Gain, 44, of Tyler, was arrested by the Tyler Police Department on one charge of possession of a controlled substance. TylerMore >>
Has worked for the district since August of 2012.More >>