Police identify carjacking suspect shot by neighbor

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- A suspect in the carjacking of an elderly woman last week has now been identified. Police say that suspect was Michael Medina.

The incident happened around 3:30 Friday afternoon in a neighborhood near 21st Avenue and Clarendon, when a 66-year-old woman pulled into her driveway in her SUV. She was in the driver’s seat when Medina came up to the driver’s door and asked to use her phone.

She said no, and explained she didn’t know him. Police say Medina then pulled her out of the car, threw her to the ground and got in the vehicle.

The man and woman who live next door saw the suspect walking up to their neighbor and thought something was wrong. The woman went up to the vehicle and opened the passenger’s door.

Police say Medina started to drive away, and the vehicle struck the woman and knocked her to the ground, causing her to receive a head injury.

After seeing his wife knocked to the ground, police say her husband fired several shots at the suspect in the vehicle from a handgun he had gotten from inside his house. Police say Medina fled the area in the vehicle.

The neighbor woman was transported and hospitalized for the head injury. That injury is believed to be non life-threatening, but she remained hospitalized Tuesday.

A short time after Medina fled, police received a call of a single vehicle collision in the area of 24th Street and Thomas. Medina had apparently run off the roadway in the vehicle and struck a fixed object.

The responding officers discovered it was the stolen vehicle and that the driver was the suspect, Medina. Police say he had suffered a gunshot wound.

He was transported to a local hospital, but later died of his injuries. It will require an autopsy to determine the actual cause of death.

The investigation will be submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for review.