1 Suspect dead, 1 injured after allegedly trying to run down Luke AFB security officer

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GLENDALE -- A teen was killed and a man was hospitalized after a security officer at Luke Air Force Base was forced to open fire at a car he said was driving right at him.

It happened at about 11 p.m. Feb. 22 at Litchfield Road and Glendale Avenue. Investigators were still on the scene hours later.

The two suspects were driving a stolen car and refused to stop at a security checkpoint heading into the base. They rammed through the gate, said base spokesman Capt. Jerry Gonzalez

The security officer tried first to stop the car peacefully by setting up a road block, but the driver allegedly tried to run him down. That's when the security officer fired. The car then crashed on the bridge across Litchfield Road, which is actually on the base.

The passenger, identified as Jared Leyva-Coconi, 16, of Phoenix, was pronounced dead at the scene. It's not clear if he had been shot or if he died in the crash.

The other suspect, Gabriel Aguilera, 19, was air-lifted to St. Joseph's Hospital in serious condition.

Gonzalez said the suspects did not return fire.

The Glendale Police Department was called in to investigate. Those detectives said the incident does not appear to be a terrorist act.

It's not known if the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was following the stolen vehicle prior to the incident at Luke Air Force Base.

The car that was stolen reportedly belonged to a single mother of three who just bought the vehicle Monday.

"I pretty much spent all of my tax refund on the car," said Shayna Epstein. "I didn't even have it for a whole day and it's gone. ... I'm devastated."

Epstein discovered the car was missing when police came to her apartment at about 12:30 Tuesday morning.

"What is wrong with people today?" Epstein said. "I just don't get it. I really don't. It wasn't worth someone's life. It wasn't."

Aguilera was booked on charges of murder, aggravated assault, stolen vehicle and felony flight.