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1 suspect dead, four in custody after home invasion, chase - A home invasion in Gilbert led to a pursuit that ended in a deadly rollover wreck early Tuesday morning.
GILBERT -- The four men arrested accused of a home invasion that led to a police chase and a deadly rollover have been booked in connection with the death of their alleged partner.
Anthony Gonzalez, 21, was crushed when the Jeep was in rolled over, bringing an end to a police chase Tuesday morning.
His brother, Robert Gonzalez, 20, and Dominicio Soldano have been booked under Arizona's felony murder rule. Under the law, accomplices in a crime in which somebody was killed can be charged with first-degree murder.
The other two men involved -- Rafeal Chacon, 22, and Isidro Pineda, 21 -- are also facing a variety of related charges.
Original story: Home invasion suspects posed as police officers
GILBERT -- An early morning home invasion in Gilbert led to not one but two police chases that finally came to end with a deadly rollover wreck Tuesday.
It all started when police were called to the neighborhood of Germann and Higley roads for a reported home invasion. According to investigators, four suspects armed with assault rifled busted into a couple's home. Those armed suspects also were wearing body armor and identified themselves as police officers.
The suspects beat the 32-year-old man who lived in the home and robbed the place.
Two children, ages 3 and 9, and a 22-year-old woman were also home at the time of the invasion. The woman escaped and alerted a neighbor, who called 911. The children were not injured.
The suspects took off in two separate vehicles. Officers quickly spotted those cars and were able to stop one not far from the scene. The other, however, kept going.
Police said that at one point, the fleeing Jeep Cherokee stopped. The suspects got out briefly before getting back into the Jeep and taking off again.
The pursuit continued on the freeway and on surface streets, reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph. While on Williams Field Road between Gilbert and Lindsay roads, the pursuing officers executed a PIT maneuver (also known as a Pursuit Intervention Technique) to force the fleeing Jeep to stop.
The Jeep rolled, ejecting the occupants. One of them was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Sgt. Mark Marino of the Gilbert Police Department, four people were taken into custody.
Police said several weapons were recovered.
Police do not know why the victim was targeted and the investigation is ongoing.