Stolen car chase ends in Buckeye; Suspect wounded

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by Mike Gertzman

Video report by Natalie Brand and Jared Dillingham

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 10:00 PM

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BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- A man allegedly driving a stolen car was hospitalized after a chase with Avondale police and Arizona Department of Public Safety officers.

That's according to Officer Carrick Cook with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Cook said there was a short pursuit and an exchange of gunfire.

Authorities said the situation ended Thursday afternoon in Buckeye after Avondale police released a police dog and DPS officers fired into the car.

The suspect was injured, but it's unclear if his injuries came from a gunshot or the police dog.

The name of the man and his condition weren't immediately released.

DPS officials said the driver fired at officers and threw something out a window before pulling over on a bridge above a canal.

Police said the pursuit began in Avondale when officers located a vehicle stolen Tuesday at gunpoint in Scottsdale and the suspect sped off.

Avondale police contacted DPS and officers began tracking the vehicle.

The suspect was driving a Lexus SUV with Oregon license plate YWJ-343.

That is the same vehicle that was reportedly stolen from a 70-year-old man during a carjacking in a grocery store parking lot in Scottsdale at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

That is the same vehicle that was reportedly stolen from a 70-year-old man during a carjacking in a grocery store parking lot in Scottsdale at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

“I’m just glad I’m okay; I hope our car is!” said John Moore, the victim of the carjacking.

Moore who’s visiting Arizona from Portland, Oregon was carjacked at gunpoint in the Safeway parking lot at Scottsdale Road and Shea Blvd.

“The suspect pulled (the passenger) door open, leaned in and said, ‘sir, I need your help,’” said Moore.  But soon, the suspect got forceful, demanded his car and pulled out a gun, according to Moore.

“He pointed it at me, and said I’m going to shoot you in the leg, and give me your *** car, or I will shoot you,” said Moore.

Moore told 3TV he threw the keys on the passenger seat and took off running.

He was uninjured, but his SUV disappeared.  However, the stolen vehicle resurfaced on Thursday during the chase and shootout.

“We cannot believe it!” said Nancy Moore, John’s wife, who’s just thankful her husband is safe.

“You appreciate life more when you go through something like that,” said John Moore.

“I’m glad I did what I did.  I’m sorry our car was involved in a shooting; I certainly would like to have it back,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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