Police: Robbery suspect who stole squad car fatally shot

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A suspect in a bank robbery led police on a chase through Tucson, stealing a police car and carjacking a civilian before he was fatally shot near the University of Arizona, authorities said Thursday.

Marana Police Sgt. Chris Warren said officers began looking for the suspect on Wednesday evening.

On Thursday, they tried to stop him before he rammed his vehicle into a patrol car and led officers on the pursuit.

He crashed near Interstate 19, left the car with a firearm and exchanged gunfire with officers, Warren said.

Warren said the man then stole a patrol car while the officer was taking cover from gunfire. The suspect drove about 3 miles before he stopped, abandoned the patrol car and carjacked a man, striking him with the car while fleeing, authorities said.

Police were finally able to stop the suspect just south of the university.

Tucson police said the suspect, identified as Jesus Isaac Rael, was shot by officers and pronounced dead at a hospital. Arizona Department of Corrections records say Rael, 31, served prison terms on multiple convictions in Maricopa and Yuma counties for crimes that included armed robbery and aggravated assault.

The pursuit resulted in the closing of southbound Interstate 19 and other roads.


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