Suspect in custody following police chase, officer-involved shooting

Police tape stretched across Van Buren Street at 167th Avenue in Goodyear as all lanes were closed to traffic and police sifted through evidence, including shredded car tires and a wrecked pickup truck.

- Police tape stretched across Van Buren Street at 167th Avenue in Goodyear as all lanes were closed to traffic and police sifted through evidence, including shredded car tires and a wrecked pickup truck.

"It was about one-ish in the morning, I got up, I got something to drink, I just heard the sirens," Robert Victoriano said.

The sirens were those of officers from the Mesa Police Department, who pursued the suspect for more than 30 miles.

Video posted to Twitter showed the pursuit going down Mill Avenue in Tempe at about 12:30 a.m. The witness who shot the video was playing Pokemon GO.

According to a spokesperson for Mesa police, it started in the area of Main Street and the Loop 101 in Mesa when a lieutenant on patrol was sitting at a red light.

The 48-year-old suspect then pulled up and allegedly fired several shots in the air. A pursuit ensued and the suspect drove down Apache Boulevard, down Mill Avenue through Tempe, and onto Van Buren through Phoenix.

It all ended in Goodyear.

"There were several times we were trying to stop him and when we attempted to do maneuvers to stop him, that is when he was shooting at officers while still driving his car," said Diana Williams of the Mesa Police Department.

Police then put down stop stick and that's when the suspect got out and started shooting. Officers shot back, but they also deployed a taser and as a result were able to take the suspect into custody.

Mesa police say the suspect remains hospitalized and won't be identified until he is formally charged.


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