DPS releases 911 calls from Tuesday's stolen truck chase

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The Department of Public Safety released the audio from two 911 calls made during a stolen truck pursuit on January 24.

 The high-speed chase that ended with the death of the suspect.

At the very beginning of the call, we hear the voice of DPS Deputy Director Heston Silbert:

"I'm the deputy director with DPS. I am currently driving eastbound at… it's Guadalupe and Gilbert.  You've got an officer.  I don't know if these guys just stole a truck. The officer told me to continue after them."

Silbert chased the suspect while driving his personal black truck, which did not have lights or sirens. Silbert had witnessed what he believed was a carjacking, according to Public Information Officer Raul Garcia.

The DPS Special Investigations Unit is examining all aspects of Tuesday’s deadly crash on I-17 in Camp Verde, including the actions of Deputy Director Heston Silbert, confirmed Lt. Col. Ken Hunter.

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“Upon witnessing these events, Lt. Col. Silbert contacted a Gilbert PD officer in the area and offered his assistance. He stayed with the situation to ensure the presence of appropriate law enforcement resources and ensure the safety of the public,” Garcia said.

However, Gilbert police issued a statement contradicting Lt. Col. Silbert’s account.

“A male subject abandoned a stolen vehicle at a work site in Gilbert, then stole another vehicle from the same work site. This was witnessed by an off-duty Gilbert officer, who relayed the concern via radio. No carjacking was involved,” according to Gilbert police spokesperson Darrell Krueger.

Silbert’s vehicle, a black pickup truck seen in aerial footage of the chase, was not outfitted with lights or sirens. According to sources, the Phoenix police helicopter, Firebird, tried to tell Silbert three times to pull back during the chase but he did not retreat, perhaps because his vehicle lacked communications equipment. When patrol backup arrived, Silbert continued pursuing the suspect.

Sources said the incident raised the potential of several policy violations.

Lt. Col. Hunter declined to comment on specifics but said the Special Investigations Unit will deliver a report to the department’s Critical Investigations Review Board within 60 days. That board will determine if any employee’s actions were unreasonable, Hunter said.

"As with any similar incident, the actions of those involved will be reviewed for reasonableness and compliance with policy, procedures and training through an administrative investigation. As with any other investigation, we will not be commenting further until the investigation is complete. However, upon completion of the investigation, DPS is committed to complete transparency to make clear that actions of all employees are reviewed and addressed appropriately," Garcia said in a statement.

Lt. Col Hunter declined to say if DPS or any other agency had launched a criminal investigation.

The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Bradley Burton Moore, reached speeds of almost 100 miles an hour as he sped north on the Loop 101 toward Scottsdale, then headed north on Interstate 17, according to investigators.

Eventually, Moore ran over spikes in the road, lost control of the truck and went over the guardrail near Camp Verde. He was ejected from the vehicle.

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DPS issued the following news release Friday night: 

While we continue our investigation into this matter, we cannot comment on the specific details. However, we are able to offer background on standard protocol and procedures currently in place within the department:

First, to provide context on events that occur off-duty, all sworn officers in the state of Arizona maintain their peace officer authority 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. This ensures that law enforcement across the state is available to assist and respond if they witness criminal activity or if their assistance is requested, even when they are not on-duty.

  • Regarding directions given by personnel from other agencies to DPS personnel, all troopers, supervisors, and commanders have the responsibility of ensuring compliance with department policy. Specifically, DPS’s pursuit policy, which mandates that the pursuit commander is the one responsible for directing all primary, secondary and support units to include air units. DPS’s policy does not provide for orders to be given by the air unit in a pursuit. Any conclusions about this particular matter are premature.
  • At this time, DPS is providing the 911 audio recorded by both Gilbert PD and DPS. The release of these recordings is meant to provide clarity to the public on these events until the completion of DPS’s report. DPS’s investigation will determine all of the facts through a thorough investigation. DPS will not be answering any further questions on this investigation until it is complete.

“In keeping with the highest standards of Arizona law enforcement, our troopers everyday are put in situations both on and off-duty to respond to crimes committed against our citizens and communities. We would like to assure all members of the media that this is a thorough investigation, and will be conducted in a timely manner. Once the investigation is complete, we are committed to full transparency to make clear that actions of all employees are reviewed and appropriately addressed,” said AZDPS Director Colonel Frank Milstead.

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