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ELOY, Ariz. -

A Pinal County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man following a 40 minute pursuit through the town of Eloy, which is about an hour south of Phoenix.

The incident ended on Main Street as many in the town watched.

Deputies say they believed an armed and dangerous man was driving a stolen vehicle.  

Schools were on lock down for 45 minutes while the pursuit went on.  Sheriff Paul Babeu says speeds varied and at times, were very slow.

As it turns out, the man wasn't armed and the Sheriff says it appears that the man wanted to be killed by the police.

"We heard like two, but I don't know what happened.. if it was him or the police," said Luis Diaz.

Dozens in Eloy stopped and watched as police and PCSO deputies pursued a man in circles through Eloy around 1 p.m. Tuesday.  

Police say the man, identified as 40-year-old Manuel Orosco Longoria of Mesa, was in a car that was stolen from Casa Grande the night before.

"..was actually throwing money and other items from his vehicle in front of his family's residence, saying I'm not gonna get out of this alive and you're going to have to kill me," said Babeu.

Deputies say the pursuit ended where the vehicle crashed into a patrol car.

"Beanbags were used to try to get the suspect to surrender, Taser was even deployed, every means necessary.. verbal commands and this suspect was not complying to any of those," said Babeu.

Babeu says law enforcement officers feared the suspect was reaching for a gun.  Diaz, who watched from his front yard, thought the same thing.

"They stopped that guy in front of that police car and I saw him.. something here.. he reached in the back.. all the police were pointing at him."

A deputy shot him twice -- bullet casings were in the street.

The suspect was taken to an area hospital where he later died.  No gun was found on him.

The Sheriff says it appears the suspect wanted police to shoot and kill him.

"..appeared based on the information, the statements he made, the extent with what was going on and appears he didn't have a weapon, but made everyone believe that he did."

Eloy City Council member Micah Powell said, "It's the police doing their job, protecting everybody else so they have to do what they have to do."

"For me, it's kind of sad," said Diaz.  I don't like to see that."

"This is not how we want things to end for anyone," said Babeu.

Babeu adds that Longoria has a criminal history dating back to 2001, which includes charges for assault and was recently a suspect in a felony stabbing case.

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