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Cox Installer Shot in Phoenix

6/23/2004 9:06 AM Eastern

A Cox Communications Inc. field installer was shot in the arm Tuesday while being a Good Samaritan by trying to report a crime.

Allen Tafoya, a 28-year-old Cox field technician, reportedly remained in stable condition Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, where a number of his co-workers have been coming to visit him at his bedside.

“The thoughts of the whole Cox family are with him, too,” an MSO spokesman said.

Tafoya, who has worked for Cox for nearly four years, was a witness to a purported road-rage incident that escalated and not only included the shooting, but a car hijacking, as well.

On Tuesday afternoon, Tafoya was working, driving a Cox installation truck, near West Thomas Road when he witnessed a traffic altercation involving suspect Jorge Camacho, 31.

Tafoya reportedly saw Camacho displaying a handgun and followed him while trying to call police about it, according to Phoenix Police Det. Tony Morales. That’s when Camacho allegedly shot Tafoya. Camacho then fled, crashed his car into another vehicle and ultimately hijacked a sport-utility vehicle to get away.

Morales lauded Tafoya, saying, “He was being a good helpful citizen, trying to stop a crime.”

Camacho was apprehended by police Tuesday night in Phoenix and was charged with one count of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault.

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