Chandler police still searching for suspect following shootoutPosted: Updated:
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Officers from the Chandler Police Department were involved in a shootout with a suspect at an apartment complex, according to police spokesman Detective Seth Tyler.
It happened at about 3:30 p.m. Monday at a complex at 1586 W. Maggio Way, near Chandler Boulevard and Dobson Road.
No officers were injured. The suspect may have been shot but fled the area in a stolen vehicle.
Tyler said the suspect at the apartment complex is the same person police were looking for in a nearby Chandler neighborhood Monday morning.
That incident forced five schools to go on lockdown.
Police say the suspect is 25-year-old David Javier Gonzales. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall, 170 pounds and was last seen wearing a white tank top, black basketball shorts and Air Jordan shoes.
Undercover officers had been watching Gonzales in connection with some armed robberies and carjackings, in addition to the situation on Monday morning.
That's when he was spotted with a gun in a trailer park near Erie and Hamilton streets.
The shootout on Monday afternoon occurred when Gonzales apparently got nervous at that apartment complex, where he was with an acquaintance, and came out shooting. Police returned fire.
Gonzales stole a golf cart at the apartment complex as he escaped and later carjacked a woman and her grandson at a bus stop, police said.
Police found the stolen car at a nearby trailer park but have not been able to find Gonzales.
"He is armed. Clearly he is dangerous," said Sgt. Joe Favazzo with the Chandler Police Department. "He's committed an armed robbery. He's committed a couple of carjackings and he's been willing to shoot at police officers. So he is armed and he is dangerous and we are looking for him."
Schools on lockdown
The lockdown at five schools was lifted at about noon on Monday following the first encounter with Gonzales. That was near Ithica Street and Chandler Boulevard.
It started at about 8:30 a.m. when someone reported to police that a woman with an arrest warrant was at a home in that neighborhood, according to Chandler police spokesman Detective Seth Tyler.
An officer who was responding spotted a van leaving the area and believed it was connected to the call.
As the officer tried to pull the van over the driver fled. The officer did not follow or chase the van.
A short time later, two witnesses called 911 to report a male with a rifle or shotgun exited a van at the Chandler Garden mobile home park near Erie and Hamilton streets.
"I was doing laundry and he pointed a gun and I didn't know what to do. I didn't know where to run, where to hide. I just got scared," said Angelica Miranda, who said Gonzales pointed a gun at her face.
One witness said Gonzales fled west to a home at the 300 block of North Delaware Street.
The other witness said Gonzales entered a trailer in the complex.
A perimeter was quickly established at both sites.
The Chandler Police Department's SWAT team was called out to clear both residences.
Nobody affiliated with the initial event was located in either vehicle. The van and a dark-colored passenger vehicle were seized from the trailer park. Gonzales was never found.