MCSO: Deputy-involved shooting, standoff in Guadalupe

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GUADALUPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

One suspect has been taken into custody and another is in the hospital after a deputy-involved shooting in Guadalupe.

It happened Wednesday afternoon near I-10 and Baseline.

MCSO spokesman Joaquin Enriquez said it all started just before noon when multiple 911 calls came in about a reported shooting near a church in the area of Calle San Angelo and Avidenda Del Yaqui.

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When deputies arrived, they were told the suspected shooter had already left.

But they quickly found the suspect in a vehicle and got behind him. A short pursuit then followed through the Town of Guadalupe 

Enriquez said the suspect was involved in multiple carjackings before and during the chase. He was reportedly armed with a compact semi-automatic handgun.

Deputies shot at the suspect during one of the carjackings but the suspect was able to drive away and the chase continued.

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The suspect also shot his gun multiple times while he was driving but no one was hit, Enriquez said. 

Then the suspect reportedly rammed one of their vehicles.

"He starts to go again and then rams an MCSO vehicle with a deputy inside it," said Enriquez.

The suspect then got out of the vehicle, and a shooting followed.

MCSO officials say they had no choice but to open fire on the suspect.

"The deputies at that point had no other recourse but to shoot the suspect," said Enriquez.

The suspect was taken to County hospital in critical condition.

He was later identified as 36-year-old Jason Sanchez-Vasquez. He has prior violent felony convictions including weapons charges and has served time in prison in Arizona, Enriquez said.

"No deputies were hurt; no deputies were shot," said Enriquez.

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Later, SWAT teams surrounded a nearby home, which was believed to be related to the situation. Teams took one man into custody. Deputies said he was identified as the second of the two suspects in the initial shooting call.

Several people were standing around in the yard, "taunting" the SWAT team, according to Enriquez. One man was even seen throwing things at deputies.

SWAT teams, with the help of a K9, were finally able to take one suspect into custody. The K9 did bite the suspect, who MCSO describes as "non-compliant."

No deputies were seriously hurt during the crime spree.

Two schools were put on lockdown until the scene was cleared.

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