Arizona police officer dead, another injured after being hit by suspect in stolen vehicle

A Pinal County sheriff’s deputy was chasing a vehicle when the person inside began shooting the deputy at around 10 p.m. Thursday. had to be closed.

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The suspect went from Chandler on the freeway and into the town of Gilbert, where he ended up at a car dealership and stole a vehicle, according to the Gilbert Police Department.

The suspect, identified by Gilbert Police as 25-year-old Jonathon Altland, allegedly then fatally struck Chandler’s Constable Christopher Farrar and also injured Gilbert’s Constable Rico Aranda with that vehicle.

Officer Farrar, 50, was an 18-year-old veteran assigned to the K-9 unit, Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan said during a press briefing.

Gilbert police said Aranda, who had worked for the department since July 2018, was in critical condition and sustained head injuries. It said, in a tweet, that Aranda was stable “and showed signs of improvement”.
Altland was injured and taken into custody after seven police officers fired their guns at the suspect, Gilbert police said in a press release. Altland’s injuries are not life threatening and he faces charges of murder, aggravated assault and car theft.
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Three state soldiers also suffered non-life threatening injuries, Gilbert police said. An employee of the San Tan Ford car dealership also suffered minor injuries.

“This is a very difficult time for our organization, our department and really the entire Chandler community,” said Duggan. “Just take a moment and remember and be aware of the brave men and women who are out there every day to help keep our community safe.”

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