Officer assaulted during altercation


On Feb. 5 Superior Police Department arrested 29 year old Xavier Padilla for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Sergeant Sosa made contact with Padilla on Lobb and Porphyry. Xavier currently had a valid felony warrant for his arrest. As Sgt. Sosa was apprehending Padilla an altercation ensued. During the altercation, Sgt. Sosa was stabbed in the leg, narrowly missing his femoral artery. Pinal County Sheriff Office Deputies were in the area and assisted Sgt. Sosa with the arrest. Padilla was taken into custody without further incident.

Sgt. Sosa is a four year veteran of the Superior Police Department. He was taken to a local hospital for medical attention. The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has assumed the investigation.

Padilla was booked into the Pinal County Jail. Charges are being submitted to the County Attorney’s Office.

The Superior PD would like to thank the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Pinal County Attorney’s Office and Superior Fire Department for their assistance and ask the community to keep our department and Sergeant in their prayers and thoughts.

The dept. been in touch with Sgt. Sosa and he is in good spirits recovering at home with his family. The dept. would like to thank everyone for their kind words, gestures and prayers for Sgt. Sosa and the officers of the department.

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