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Game and Fish officers stopped Loughner day of shooting

Officials say suspected shooter ran red light

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Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:23 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

An Arizona Game and Fish Department officer stopped the man suspected of attempting to kill U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday, Jan. 8, the morning of the shooting.

The officer pulled over Jared Loughner at approximately 7:30 a.m. after he ran a red light, according to a department news release.

The officer checked Loughner’s driver’s license and vehicle registration information, which came back with no outstanding warrants.

Loughner was issued a verbal warning and released, the release said.

Although Arizona Game and Fish officers normally do not make traffic stops, they are fully sworn and trained peace officers with statewide authority for law enforcement.

The officer’s actions were consistent with policy and training of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the release said.

Loughner has been indicted on five counts in federal court in connection with the shooting that left six people dead and 14 injured.

He is accused of killing Gabriel Zimmerman, a congressional employee with Giffords’ office, and U.S. Judge John M. Roll.

Loughner also has been charged with attempting to kill Giffords and two other members of her staff.

It is a federal crime to attempt to kill a member of Congress or federal employees.

State charges for the other killings and attempted murders have not yet been filed.

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