PD: Officer fires gun at armed carjacking suspect in Surprise

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Lonnie Smith. (Source: Surprise Police Department) Lonnie Smith. (Source: Surprise Police Department)
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Officers in Surprise are on the hunt for a man they said ran from police and stole a minivan.

It happened near Bell Road and Grand Avenue on Monday afternoon.

Police said they had a warrant out for the arrest of Lonnie Smith, who was wanted on property and drug crimes. Police tried to talk to him in the parking lot of a business.

Police said Smith displayed a gun, which led to one of the officers firing his gun at the suspect. He then ran off with police chasing him.

Smith then confronted a bystander, stole the minivan and drove off, according to police.

The stolen vehicle was a 2011 gray Toyota Sienna minivan with Arizona license plate number BWS-2977, police said.

It's unclear if Smith is injured or not, police said.

Smith is considered to be armed and dangerous. If someone sees Smith, they are urged not to confront him and instead call 911.

An investigation is underway.

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