Police pursuit ends in shooting in Phoenix; suspect identified

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by Kristine Harrington & Ryan O'Donnell

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Posted on August 20, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 21 at 8:24 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Reports of a spotted stolen car Saturday resulted in two separate officer-involved shootings, three attempted carjackings, a carjacking and two injured officers.

Phoenix police say they got a 911 call shortly after 1 p.m. from a family who reported seeing their car near 67th avenue and Maryland. Their car was allegedly stolen during a kidnapping and carjacking in Tempe at Arizona Mills last week.

Phoenix police officers followed the 1997 Silver Lincoln and tried to stop it but the driver, identified on Sunday by Phoenix police as 21-year-old Gabriel Jaramillo, took off so the helicopter followed it to 36th Avenue and Dunlap where the Jaramillo's vehicle got a flat tire.

"In a parking lot there of a car wash we have two citizens this person, with force, tried to take their vehicles away from them," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump. "One vehicle was occupied by a family of three, including their 5-year-old daughter. The second an adult male"

Jaramillo was unsuccessful both times as well as a third time when police say he tried to carjack  a woman in the drive thru at Wendy's near 43rd Avenue and Dunlap.

Despite a flat tire the Jaramillo then continued down 51st Avenue to Glendale where his car, broken down, caught on fire and he took off running toward the intersection and forced himself into a white Jeep Cherokee stopped at the red light.

Police say the Jaramillo attempted to force the driver out of the driver side however, she was unable to get out because of her seatbelt.

Sgt. Crump says "Arriving officers attempted to block in the victim's vehicle at which point the suspect moved over and with his foot pushed the accelerator down ramming the unmarked police car. The vehicle was then put in reverse at which time the suspect struck another vehicle parked behind him with two occupants."

Police say the officer driving the unmarked car got out and was now on the sidewalk when Jaramillo drove directly towards him.

"The officer fired at least one shot at the suspect and was then struck by the vehicle as the suspect was fleeing the scene," said Sgt. Crump. The officer was treated for a minor leg injury and released.

Jaramillo then took off a few hundred feet at which time the female victim was able to jump from the vehicle while it was moving.  She also sustained some minor injuries.

Phoenix police ultimately caught up with Jaramillo at Cactus and Interstate 17 where he was pinned and again started ramming patrol cars so Sgt. Crump says an officer from the Special Assignment Unit fired several shots.  "The driver suspect in all events was pronounced dead here at the scene."
 

Phoenix police say Jaramillo had an extensive criminal history that included prior unlawful flight charges, drugs and burglary.


A Phoenix police officer responding to assist in this situation was involved in a rollover collision at 51st Avenue and Peoria. The officer and two occupants from another vehicle were taken to the hospital for what appears to be minor injuries. Glendale Police is investigating that collision.
 

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