DPS: Carjacking suspect fires at troopers; ends in crash with semiPosted: Updated:
A carjacking suspect fired at troopers on Interstate 17 near Camp Verde Sunday morning, Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Col. Frank Milstead tweeted.
All troopers are OK, he tweeted.
Authorities said they began getting reports of a vehicle driving recklessly southbound along I-17 north of Camp Verde just before 10 a.m.
The Mustang collided with another vehicle.
"The suspect then took a white GMC SUV from that crash scene with a rifle and fled," troopers said.
Troopers pursued the suspect who began firing at them, DPS said.
At around 10:20 a.m., the suspect plowed head-on into a commercial semi-truck about 15 miles south of Munds Park, troopers said.
"The suspect suffered serious life-threatening injuries and was flown to a hospital," DPS said.
Earlier, DPS tweeted that the suspect had died.
DPS said in a tweet their detectives, troopers and Yavapai County sheriff's deputies were investigating two crime scenes southbound along I-17 between Munds Park and Camp Verde.
The southbound lanes of I-17 were closed south of Munds Park at milepost 317 for about 10 hours, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.
The northbound lanes remain open.
Motorists on Interstate 40 eastbound were advised to use State Route 89 to State Route 69. For those on I-40 westbound, use State Route 87 to State Route 260 to I-17, ADOT said.
Milstead warned that would be a long closure while DPS investigates what happened. That closure has since been lifeted.
No other details were provided. We’re working to gather more information.
Issued from DPS Public Affairs regarding the incident today on I17.....— Yavapai Co Sheriff (@YavapaiSheriff) February 12, 2017
Today at 9:51 a.m., there were reports... https://t.co/fS4i5Y4zpC
SR 89A SB in Sedona: Traffic is backed up 5 to 6 miles north of town into Oak Creek Canyon. #aztraffic— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 12, 2017
SR 89A in Sedona is backing up with motorists from I-17 due to closure on I-17 SB at MP 317. SR 87 to SR 260 is other alt route from Flag. pic.twitter.com/cOGjfT6Pcd— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 12, 2017
ALT ROUTES: I-17 SB closed 23 miles south of Flagstaff. Alt. route from I-40 EB is SR 89 to SR 69. I-40 WB use SR 87 to SR 260 to I-17. pic.twitter.com/NWwmbnH2h3— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 12, 2017
UPDATE: I-17 SB south of Munds Park. Road is closed at MP 317 for a crash. Traffic is being rerouted to go NB on I-17. No est. on reopening.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 12, 2017
All Law Enforcement officers involved are OK. Suspect is deceased from fatal crash.— Col. Frank Milstead (@frank_milstead) February 12, 2017
I-17 closure @ Milepost 317 will be protracted. Fatal Accident and Officer involved shooting. Map Alternate Route. Stay Clear.— Col. Frank Milstead (@frank_milstead) February 12, 2017
Avoid S/B I-17 North of Camp Verde. MP307 Fatal collision involving carjacking suspect. Maybe long closure. Stay up north or map Alt-route.— Col. Frank Milstead (@frank_milstead) February 12, 2017
If you are on I-17 near Camp Verde we have a lot of police activity. We have a car jacking subject who is firing at Trooper's. Stay alert!— Col. Frank Milstead (@frank_milstead) February 12, 2017
CLOSURE: I-17 SB north of SR 179. The road is closed for a crash near MP 317. #aztraffic— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 12, 2017
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