DPS: Carjacking suspect fires at troopers; ends in crash with semi

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(Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
ADOT has mapped out alternate routes for motorists affected by the SB I-17 closure. (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation) ADOT has mapped out alternate routes for motorists affected by the SB I-17 closure. (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation)
The suspect was driving a red Mustang. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The suspect was driving a red Mustang. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
(Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
CAMP VERDE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

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. 

[ADOT map of alternate routes]

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.

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