Police arrest suspect who allegedly fired shots at DPS trooper's carPosted: Updated:
"He is in custody."
Police have arrested a suspect they believe fired shots at a DPS trooper's car earlier in Avondale.
He has been identified as 29-year-old Luis Aldana.
Aldana was arrested near I-17 and Dove Valley around 12:30 p.m. Shots from our news chopper showed a heavy police presence, and a suspect apparently being wheeled on a stretcher. He reportedly had a gunshot wound in an upper extremity and was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
The earlier shooting in Avondale happened around 10 a.m. Thursday near 107th Avenue and Thomas.
It all started as a traffic stop when the trooper noticed that the suspect's windows were tinted too dark.
"During that point when our trooper was considering making contact with the occupant, our suspect, as it turned out, is when he had to return fire," said Raul Garcia with DPS.
Police believe the suspect fired first.
"The suspect fired first, and the trooper returned fire," said Officer Jaret Redfearn with the Avondale Police Department.
The marked patrol vehicle was said to be hit by gunfire, but the trooper was not hurt.
The suspect then drove away from the scene.
"After the initial traffic stop and shooting, the suspect fled the area in his vehicle," said Redfearn.
Minutes later, Investigators found what they believed to be the suspect's vehicle a short distance away, near 111th Avenue and Indian School.
Officers surrounded the tan SUV. A police K9 was sent to sniff out the vehicle, and then officers appeared to set off diversion devices and break windows in the vehicle.
The vehicle was cleared, and no one was found inside.
Multiple units set up a perimeter in the area, notifying nearby schools and launching an all-out search for the suspect.
Redfearn says the shooting occurred in the vicinity of Westview High School and Garden Lakes Elementary School and that schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution.
"The kids are scared," sad concerned mom Amanda Lona. "It's a scary situation."
That lockdown has since been lifted.
A few hours later, officers located the suspect in another vehicle near I-17 and Dove Valley, and pulled him over.
"A stop was conducted and Phoenix police did apprehend the suspect. He is in custody," said Redfearn.
The suspect was seen being wheeled on a stretcher. Police say he did suffer some injuries, but the nature of those injuries was not clear.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Avondale Police Department, the Goodyear Police Department, the Phoenix Police Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office all worked together during this investigation.
"Thanks to this teamwork, a dangerous and violent suspect is off the streets today," said Garcia.
Multi-agency team looking for dangerous suspect that fired at our trooper. Our trooper was not hurt. pic.twitter.com/fLpoZOtHiP— Dept. Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) March 2, 2017
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