Cellphones blared with a Blue Alert on Thursday, but what does that mean?

Thursday’s alert was issued following a shooting involving an Arizona state trooper in Phoenix as law enforcement searched for an outstanding suspect, leading to the issuing of the Blue Alert emergency notification.

The purpose of the Blue Alert notification is to immediately notify the public that there’s been a violent attack on law enforcement and the suspect is on the loose, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s website.

The initial alert said just “Blue Alert Warning in this area until 11:38PM UMST Monitor Radio or TV.”

Several hours after the alert went out, DPS said that Thursday’s Blue Alert “lacked detailed information,” clarifying in a tweet that the police were still seeking help locating a silver 2008-2013 Infiniti G37 with custom wheels as of Thursday afternoon.

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