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1 Officer Killed, Cops And Civilian Wounded By Fleeing Felon In Stolen Vehicle

Gilbert, AZ – A convicted felon in a stolen vehicle mowed down two officers and a civilian, killing one of the officers, while fleeing from police on Thursday night.

The incident began shortly after 10 p.m., when a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) deputy tried to stop a vehicle on State Route 87 near Eloy, the City of Gilbert said in a press release on Friday morning.

The driver refused to pull over and opened fire on the deputy, kicking off a pursuit.

The suspect ended up ramming through a gate at the Chandler Airport, resulting in the airport briefly shutting down, WTXF reported.

After driving onto the Chandler Airport runway, the suspect sped off onto the 202 San Tan Freeway while driving the wrong way, according to the press release.

He ended up exiting the freeway and crashed near the Val Vista Drive eastbound on-ramp, then bailed out on foot into the parking lot of the San Tan Ford dealership, police said.

As officers from multiple agencies swarmed the building, the suspect allegedly stole a vehicle and tried to flee yet again.

He crashed into a Chandler Police Department (CPD) officer, a Gilbert Police Department (GPD) officer, and a dealership janitorial employee during his escape attempt, according to police.

Four Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers and three PCSO deputies opened fire, hitting the suspect.

The wounded felon was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The two officers and the janitorial employee he hit during the attack were rushed to a local hospital.

“Tragically, Chandler Police Department Officer [Christopher] Farrar, an 18-year veteran of the department, later [died] as a result of his injuries,” the press release said. “The Gilbert Police Officer suffered a severe head injury and is currently in critical condition.”

Three troopers suffered non-life threatening injuries during the encounter, police said.

The dealership employee who was hit by the fleeing suspect received “minor injuries,” according to the press release.

The investigation into the multiagency incident remains ongoing.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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