A Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy was pursuing a vehicle when the person inside it began to shoot at the deputy. The deputy continued the pursuit into the city of Chandler in Maricopa County, where the suspect busted through a gate to the airport, which had to be shut down.
The suspect went from Chandler onto the freeway and into the city of Gilbert, where he ended up at San Tan Ford car dealership. He got out, went into the dealership and stole a vehicle, Gilbert Police spokesman Officer Paul Alaniz said.
The suspect then struck Chandler police Officer Christopher Farrar and a Gilbert police officer with that vehicle, Alaniz said.
Officer Farrar, 50, was an 18-year veteran assigned to the K-9 unit, Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan said at a media briefing.
The suspect was injured and taken into custody after seven officers fired their weapons at him, Alaniz said.
The Gilbert police officer is currently in critical condition, él agregó.
No information is being released about the suspect’s condition, Alaniz said.
“This is a very difficult time for our organization, our department and really the entire Chandler community,” Duggan said. “Just take a moment and remember and be mindful of the brave men and women who are out there daily helping to keep our community safe.”
The investigation involves Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Chandler Police Department, Departamento de Policía de Gilbert, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Alaniz said.