Suspect in custody after high-speed chase in Phoenix; police dog killed in incident

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Bane, the police dog was killed in the line of duty after today's chase (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Bane, the police dog was killed in the line of duty after today's chase (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Jairo Contreras (Source: Arizona Department of Corrections) Jairo Contreras (Source: Arizona Department of Corrections)
Both the driver and his female passenger bailed out of the car near 27th Avenue and Bethany Home Road (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Both the driver and his female passenger bailed out of the car near 27th Avenue and Bethany Home Road (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Bane, the police dog who was killed in Tuesday's incident (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Bane, the police dog who was killed in Tuesday's incident (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Our chopper followed the pursuit suspect as he sped through the streets of Phoenix (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Our chopper followed the pursuit suspect as he sped through the streets of Phoenix (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A driver led police on a wild and reckless chase through the streets of Phoenix Tuesday afternoon. It finally came to an end in a west Valley neighborhood.

Several hours later, police were able to locate the suspect and take him into custody.

He had been hiding in the attic of a home.

Phoenix police chief Jeri Williams says a police K-9. named Bane, was killed during the incident.

[RAW VIDEO: Procession for police K-9 killed while on duty]

"One of our K-9s was lost in this incident," said Chief Williams.  "He was with the department almost 2 years. He was mortally wounded."

[VIDEO EXTRA: Phoenix PD mourns death of K-9 Bane]

[WATCH: Police chase car through streets of Phoenix]

This all began around 10:30 a.m., when Phoenix police located a stolen vehicle near 5100 West Broadway Road. The vehicle had a male driver and female passenger, now identified as Jairo Contreras, 26 and Laura Dagnino, 24.

Police followed the car and tried to stop in near 43rd Avenue and Osborn, but the driver took off. Police say the suspect then carjacked someone near 41st Avenue and Bethany Home Road. Both suspects fled in this newly stolen vehicle.

The suspects then carjacked another person around noon at Biltmore Fashion Square, and pointed a gun at an officer. Police say officers then fired shots at the suspect.

"He did have a gun. He did point a gun at one of our officers at the Biltmore," said Chief Williams.

That's when our chopper began following the chase overhead.

[VIDEO: Phoenix police chase #1 - The pursuit begins]

The suspect drove the stolen white vehicle at extremely high speeds through town.

It was a dangerous half-hour on the roadways, as the suspect drove erratically... weaving in and out of traffic, cutting across sidewalks, and even driving along the light rail tracks.

[VIDEO: Phoenix police chase #2 - Suspect speeds along light rail tracks]

At one point, the driver went the wrong way along the frontage road of Interstate 17.

[VIDEO: Phoenix police chase #3 - Suspect goes wrong way on frontage road]

Thankfully, he did not strike any cars or pedestrians during his wild ride.

The chase finally came to an end in a neighborhood near 27th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

That's when the car hit police stop-sticks in the road that blew out one of the car's tires. The car veered crazily through the residential neighborhood for a minute or two before it finally came to a stop in front of a home.

[VIDEO: Phoenix police chase #4 - Vehicle blows tire on stop sticks]

The driver and his female passenger jumped out of the car.

The woman put her hands up in surrender and was immediately taken into custody by police.

But the driver took off... jumping a fence and running through several backyards and an alley before disappearing from sight.

[SLIDESHOW: Carjacking suspect run try to escape police in reckless drive through Phoenix]

Officers, K-9 units and SWAT teams swarmed the neighborhood, searching for the suspect.

They finally located him hiding in an attic.

"He got into the attic, and after some discussion to try to get him out, he refused," said Chief Williams.

Despite attempts to negotiate a surrender, the suspect continued to hide from police. At some point, he fell through the ceiling.

A Canine Officer released his dog, Bane, into the home to apprehend the suspect.

Officers breached windows and used gas to encourage the suspect to surrender.

The suspect still showed no intention of surrendering and remained concealed within the residence.

Officers were ultimately able to enter the home and see the suspect hiding.  

Officers found that Police Service Dog Bane was critically wounded during this encounter.

He was rushed to an area emergency veterinarian but was unable to survive his injuries.

The exact cause of death has yet to be determined. He was taken to a specialized animal hospital where a necropsy will be performed. 

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton tweeted:

Our hearts are broken today. Phoenix Police K9 Bane was killed in the line of duty. Bane died heroically helping apprehend a suspect to keep our community safe. Prayers for K9 Bane’s handler and the entire Phoenix Police Department.

The suspect was taken to the hospital. He had minor injuries.

The chief had strong words about Tuesday's incident.

"The violence against police has to stop. This is the 17th officer-involved shooting. The 17th incident that didn't have to happen. People out there making choices. So we need our community members help us help people make better choices," she said.

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