Police Shoot Driver Who Struck Cyclists at Arizona Bike Race

Police Shoot Driver Who Struck Cyclists at Arizona Bike Race

The driver of a pickup truck hit a group of cyclists at a bicycle race in Show Low, Ariz., on Saturday, seriously injuring six people before the driver fled and was shot by the police, the authorities said.

The driver of the truck, a black Ford Super Duty, struck the bicyclists during the Bike the Bluff race at about 7:25 a.m. local time, the police said.

Officers tried to stop the driver, which “ultimately led to the suspect being shot,” Navajo County Emergency Management and Preparedness said in a statement.

The driver, who was identified by the police as a 35-year-old white man, was in critical but stable condition, the agency said.

It was not immediately clear what happened leading up to the driver crashing into the cyclists.

The Show Low police said that the Arizona Department of Public Safety was en route to investigate the shooting.

Six people were brought to a hospital. Four were in critical condition and two were in critical but stable condition, the police said. Two or three other victims walked into the hospital, the police said.

“Our community is shocked at this incident and our hearts and prayers are with the injured and their families at this time,” the county emergency management agency said.

The crash and shooting happened at the 13th annual Bike the Bluff race, which follows a 58-mile course through eastern Arizona.

Race officials did not immediately respond to messages requesting comment.

Show Low is a city of about 11,000 people, about 180 miles northeast of Phoenix.