Shooting suspect dead after high-speed chase, gunbattle on U.S. 60 in Tempe

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Heidi Goitia and Gina Maravilla

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 12 at 9:56 AM

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- A high-speed chase that started in Buckeye and ended with an officer-involved shooting in Tempe forced the closure of eastbound U.S. 60 at Priest Drive Monday morning.

It happened shortly after 3 a.m. According to the Department of Public Safety, an armed suspect in a Jaguar was driving faster than 100 mph.

DPS officers joined the chase on Interstate 10 at about 35th Avenue and maneuvered him on to the eastbound U.S. 60.

Officers had set up spike strips on the U.S. 60 near Priest Drive, the first exit from the I-10 transition heading east. The driver ran over those strips, disabling the Jag.

At that point, investigators said the suspect got out of the car and opened fire on DPS officers. Those officers returned fire.

No officers were hit, but one was injured, possibly by flying glass when a patrol car's window was shot out.

The suspect got back into the car. Officers sent a K-9 after him.

DPS confirmed that the suspect is dead, but it's not clear if he was shot by officers or if he took his own life.

Investigators have not released any details about the suspect.

At this point, Buckeye police have not said what precipitated the early morning chase, but according to The Associated Press, Buckeye police Lt. Jarod Griffith said the man was sought in a fatal shooting Sunday at an auto repair business.

Buckeye police said they plan to release more information about that investigation later in the day.

In addition to being connected to Sunday's shooting in Buckeye, Sgt. Michel Pooley of the Tempe Police Department, the agency handling the investigation into Monday's chase and shooting, said in a news release that the vehicle at the center of the investigation on U.S. 60 matched the description of the suspect vehicle in a homicide at a Glendale ampm store Monday morning.

Glendale police have not confirmed that connection, saying only that they are following multiple leads in the case.

Because of the shooting and subsequent investigation, eastbound U.S. 60 is closed from I-10 to Mill Avenue. The Baseline Road exit from westbound I-10 also is closed.

There is no indication when the freeway will reopen, but an extended closure is expected.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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