DPS officials explain how they nabbed dangerous fugitive on a hunch

Today, we learned more about how a DPS officer nabbed a dangerous fugitive. Barry Hassell is accused of driving the getaway car after the murders of a paradise valley couple.

Hassell cut off his ankle bracelet about a month ago and then didn't show up for court, so authorities issued a one million dollar warrant for his arrest. And after a wild chase, he's now back in custody.
 
Barry Hassell is back behind bars after a hunch led to a car and foot chase.

A DPS officer didn't know Hassell was behind the wheel of a suspicious car that was driving on Interstate 17 Friday night.

"For some reason he thought it looked out of place," said Frank Milstead, the director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
 
The car was reported stolen, so the officer tried to pull it over. Little did he know, the driver was the suspected getaway driver in the 2012 murders of Paradise Valley couple, Lawrence and Glenna Shapiro. DPS officials say the officer's lucky hunch led to the capture of the wanted fugitive.

"He put himself in the position to be lucky because he was out doing aggressive police work," said Milstead.

Hassell didn't stop when he saw the lights and sirens. Instead, he led the officer on a chase into a neighborhood near 23rd Avenue and Paradise Lane, in north Phoenix.

"Hassell crashed that stolen vehicle. That's when the DPS officer parked his car and started chasing Hassel on foot.

"Mr. Hassell jumped out of a bush [and] tackled my officer," Milstead said.

Hassell then took off again with the officer behind him. Eventually, officials say, Hassell ran out of breath but he had one last trick up his sleeve.

"He had put his hands in his waistband trying to simulate as though he had a gun," Milstead said. "The officer gave several commands to take his hands out [but] the subject refused to do so."

The officer used his Taser to take down Hassell, and then took him into custody.

Hassell now faces several theft and assault charges, in addition to two counts of 1st-degree murder for the deaths of the Shapiros. Back in 2012, they were found tied up and burned beyond recognition in their Paradise Valley home, and their luxury car was stolen.
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