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.
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.
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.”