| Crime |

Brandon McCabe ID'd as Suspect in Shooting of Phoenix Cop Pete Bennett

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

The man accused of shooting Phoenix police Officer Pete Bennett six times Sunday night has been identified as 28-year-old Brandon McCabe.

McCabe, whose name was withheld until he was released from the hospital, is pictured in the photo to the right, in a prison jumpsuit.

See also:
-Phoenix Cop Shot Six Times While on Patrol; Chief Says He's "Extremely Lucky" to Be Alive

McCabe was just released from prison in February 2012, after serving nearly five years for two felony theft charges, one including a vehicle.

About 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, McCabe was approached by Phoenix cop Pete Bennett, who thought McCabe was engaging in "suspicious activity" while riding a bike near 21st and Georgia avenues.

Police Chief Daniel Garcia said Monday that their suspect, now identified as McCabe, ended up running from Bennett, who chased McCabe for a bit before McCabe fell over. At that point, McCabe pulled out a handgun and started shooting at Bennett, Garcia said.

Three rounds went into Bennett's body -- one in the cheek, one in the thigh, and one in the arm -- while two were stopped by Bennett's bulletproof vest, and another was stopped by index cards Bennett was carrying in his chest pocket.

Bennett also fired back -- getting off between seven and 10 shots, according to police Sergeant Trent Crump -- and hit the suspect at least two times.

Garcia didn't get too detailed about why Bennett approached McCabe, other than for "suspicious activity," as the chief said the area is a "high-profile enforcement area," where robberies and assaults are more common.

Yesterday evening, police Sergeant Trent Crump sent an e-mail to media stating that Bennett was out of surgery, and is now in recovery.

"The surgery went as expected but he has a long recovery in front of him," Crump says.

McCabe's facing charges of attempted murder and misconduct involving weapons.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.