supsect shot two cops killed arizona walmart bts_00000423.jpg
PHOTO: KPHO
supsect shot two cops killed arizona walmart bts_00000423.jpg
Now playing
01:25
Police: Two officers shot, suspect killed in Arizona
PHOTO: Facebook
Now playing
01:09
Police: Bulgarian journalist raped, murdered
Authorities are investigating the scene in East Austin, Texas, after a teenager was killed and a woman was injured in the second Austin package explosion in the past two weeks Monday, March 12, 2018. Authorities say a package that exploded inside of an Austin home on Monday is believed to be linked to a deadly package sent to another home in Texas
PHOTO: Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP
Authorities are investigating the scene in East Austin, Texas, after a teenager was killed and a woman was injured in the second Austin package explosion in the past two weeks Monday, March 12, 2018. Authorities say a package that exploded inside of an Austin home on Monday is believed to be linked to a deadly package sent to another home in Texas' capital city earlier this month. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
Now playing
02:05
Police: Deadly blasts in Texas connected
PHOTO: Spalding County Sheriff's Office
Now playing
01:28
Second killer pleads guilty in 1983 cold case
Frank Pomeroy, Wife AC360
PHOTO: CNN
Frank Pomeroy, Wife AC360
Now playing
05:55
Pastor's faith stronger after daughter's death
Left to right: Anthony Naiboa, Monica Hoffa, Benjamin Mitchell and Ronald Felton. Tampa homicide victims
PHOTO: Tampa Police Department
Left to right: Anthony Naiboa, Monica Hoffa, Benjamin Mitchell and Ronald Felton. Tampa homicide victims
Now playing
01:21
Tampa killings suspect arrested
PHOTO: CNN HLN
Now playing
00:47
Man to gunman: Shoot at me, not kids
charlottesville gunshot aclu virginia von_00000907.jpg
charlottesville gunshot aclu virginia von_00000907.jpg
Now playing
01:25
Man charged with firing gun at protesters
This undated still image from video provided by WTOV-TV in Steubenville, Ohio, shows Jefferson County, Ohio Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. Bruzzese was shot and wounded Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, as he walked toward his county
PHOTO: WTOV-TV /AP
This undated still image from video provided by WTOV-TV in Steubenville, Ohio, shows Jefferson County, Ohio Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. Bruzzese was shot and wounded Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, as he walked toward his county's courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, and a suspect was killed after a probation officer returned fire, officials said. (WTOV-TV via AP)
Now playing
00:52
Ambushed judge returns fire, suspect dead
FILE- In this Oct. 5, 2016 file photo, Indian spiritual guru who calls himself Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, center, greets followers as he arrives for a press conference ahead of the release of his new movie "MSG, The Warrior Lion Heart," in New Delhi, India. Several cities in north India were under a security lock down Thursday ahead of a verdict in a rape trial involving a controversial and hugely popular spiritual leader. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal, File)
PHOTO: Tsering Topgyal/AP
FILE- In this Oct. 5, 2016 file photo, Indian spiritual guru who calls himself Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, center, greets followers as he arrives for a press conference ahead of the release of his new movie "MSG, The Warrior Lion Heart," in New Delhi, India. Several cities in north India were under a security lock down Thursday ahead of a verdict in a rape trial involving a controversial and hugely popular spiritual leader. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal, File)
Now playing
01:37
Deadly clashes after guru convicted of rape
PHOTO: Isra Chaker
Now playing
01:22
Death of Muslim teen near mosque investigated
Twitter post captions: Police and ambulances on Hackney/Queensbridge Road, possible acid/petrol attack. Lots of @UberEATS @Deliveroo drivers rallied round
PHOTO: @sarah_cobbold/Twitter
Twitter post captions: Police and ambulances on Hackney/Queensbridge Road, possible acid/petrol attack. Lots of @UberEATS @Deliveroo drivers rallied round
Now playing
01:27
5 acid attacks in 1 night in London
PHOTO: Walla News
Now playing
01:34
Authorities: Teen killed for dating Muslim
PHOTO: KDVR
Now playing
00:49
Veteran killed after saving teens
PHOTO: KATC
Now playing
02:06
Questions linger in Louisiana man's death
PHOTO: Bucks County Sheriff's Office
Now playing
01:16
Two men charged in homicides of missing men

Story highlights

Police say the suspect shot the two officers multiple times

The suspect was killed when police fired back

One of the officers was shot in the face, police say

(CNN) —  

Two police officers are recovering from gunshot wounds and a suspect is dead after a shooting Saturday at a Walmart store in Chandler, Arizona.

“A seemingly routine call turned into a deadly encounter within a split second,” Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan said at a news conference.

“Our officers are alive and just for that we are eternally grateful,” Duggan said. “Both were shot multiple times, and both are presently in stable condition. … Both officers were wearing their ballistic vests this morning.”

The officers fired back at the suspect, killing him.

Police identified the suspect as 24-year-old Mitchell Oakley. Police said he was a homeless man who had family in the Chandler area. Chandler is suburb of Phoenix.

The incident began early Saturday when a Walmart employee inside the store recognized Oakley as someone who had previously trespassed, and the employee called police.

When two officers approached the suspect, “the suspect turned and shot both officers multiple times,” Duggan said.

The names of the officers are not being released until family and relatives are notified, Duggan said.

Chandler Police Detective Seth Tyler said one of the officers was shot in the face and required surgery. Chief Duggan tweeted that one officer was in intensive care Saturday night, while the other has been released.

“They acted heroically,” said Duggan. “They acted on their training, on their experience, on their equipment and they relied on each other to survive this deadly encounter.”

Court records show Oakley was arrested several times in Arizona for offenses including attempt to commit aggravated assault on an officer, resisting arrest, and destruction of public jail.

The Walmart store in Chandler is normally open 24 hours, but it remained closed Saturday evening.

A shopper, Cynthia Ayala, was at the scene Saturday morning and spoke to CNN affiliate KPHO/KTVK.

“Honestly, I thought it was pallets falling,” Ayala said. “I never thought it would be gunshots. And then it was clear after a couple of them that it was gunshots. And I was really scared. I didn’t know if the bullets were going to come back down and hit me. I was really scared as to where they would fall.”

CNN’s Darius Johnson contributed to this story