PD: Suspect dead after shooting wife & off-duty police officer

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Juan Pablo Rodriguez-Fregoso, 37, of Casa Grande (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Juan Pablo Rodriguez-Fregoso, 37, of Casa Grande (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Juan Pablo Rodriguez-Fregoso, 37, of Casa Grande (Source: Casa Grande Police) Juan Pablo Rodriguez-Fregoso, 37, of Casa Grande (Source: Casa Grande Police)
Suspect found dead in car on Loop 202 & Dobson (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Suspect found dead in car on Loop 202 & Dobson (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Scene of officer-involved shooting in Casa Grande (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Scene of officer-involved shooting in Casa Grande (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
CASA GRANDE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A suspect is dead after he allegedly shot his wife and an off-duty police officer, then took his own life.

Juan Pablo Rodriguez-Fregoso, 37, of Casa Grande, was found in his car near Loop 202 and Dobson Road late Wednesday afternoon, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

[RELATED: BREAKING: Suspect dead after officer-involved shooting in Casa Grande]

The double shooting happened Wednesday morning near a middle school in Casa Grande. 

Casa Grande Police Department spokesman Thomas Anderson said the two victims are an off-duty police officer and an off-duty civilian employee of the department.

The officer has been identified as 40-year-old Robert Price. He was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and leg.

The civilian, identified as 39-year-old Yvette Rodriguez, was found with one gunshot wound to the upper back. Police say she is the wife of the suspect Rodriguez-Fregoso.

Both victims were flown to Phoenix area hospitals with serious injuries. 

The officer-involved shooting happened at about 10 a.m. on Lakeside Parkway near Villago Middle School, which was on lockdown for a time, as was the nearby Early Childhood Education Center.

Casa Grande Union High School and McCartney Ranch Elementary School were on lockdown, as well, "as [a] precaution," according to a tweet from the City of Casa Grande.

The City also tweeted that all of the students are safe, describing the lockdown as "simply a safety measure."

Those lockdowns were lifted shortly before noon.

The suspect had taken off following the shooting, driving away in a small white car.

Numerous law enforcement agencies provided resources to initiate a city-wide search for the suspect. Based on information and intelligence gathered through various resources, the search for Rodriguez-Fregoso was expanded to the Phoenix area. 

Shortly after 3 p.m., Rodriguez-Fregoso was located by the United States Marshals Service Arizona Wanted Task Force on the Loop 202 westbound in the San Tan Valley.

No traffic stop was initiated and there was no attempt to stop the vehicle when it stopped on its own, according to Mesa police

Task force members attempted to contact the suspect and there was no response. Less than lethal means were used to break the vehicle glass window and officers approached the car.

 Rodriguez-Fregoso was found dead inside the vehicle with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Mesa Police will be handling the death investigation and Casa Grande will continue to be the lead investigative agency on the shooting.

This is the 13th officer-involved shooting outside the Valley this year. There have been twice that many in the Phoenix metro area.

[RELATED: 2017 officer-involved shootings]

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