We are learning more - about how a suspect in a stolen car wound up at a car dealership in the East Valley

GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Tim Hovik pointed out the exact spot where a truck smashed through the fence of his San Tan Ford dealership last Thursday night, sending shock waves throughout the east Valley.

One officer dead and another injured in Arizona after being struck by suspect in stolen vehicle

"It's really crazy," said Hovik. "The chase started in Eloy - 60 miles away, and you think about all the dominos that had to fall in exact order to end up here."

Jonathan Altland, 25, is accused of running over and killing Chandler Police officer Chris Farrar, and badly injuring Gilbert Police Officer Rico Aranda. Both officers were trying to stop Altland, after he reportedly shot at Pinal County Sheriff's deputies during an attempted traffic stop, then led authorities on a 60 mile pursuit that passed through the runway of the Chandler Airport.

Altland was going the wrong way on the Loop 202 freeway, when he smashed his truck next to the car lot, according to police. Moments later, Altland allegedly stole a vehicle and ran the officers over trying to get away.

"The last of our personnel, for the most part, got out of the building about 15 minutes before this incident happened," said Hovik. "We could have had a lot more people here, and I can only try not to imagine what could have been."

A number of fundraisers have been held the past few days for Officer Farrar and Officer Aranda. Hundreds and hundreds of cars pulled up to the Cobblestone Car Wash, off Alma School Road and Germann Road Monday, to raise money for the MCSO Memorial Fund, with 100-percent of the proceeds going to Officer Farrar's family.

Jessica Townsend's brother is a police officer. "It feels wonderful to know that we have so much support in the community for our officers," said Townsend.

"The situation reminds us of how much danger these officers are in when they go to work every day, and what they do putting lives on line for us," said John Barnes, with the MCSO Memorial Fund.

San Tan Ford has donated $25,000 to each officer's family, and the Ford Motor Company is expected to match the contributions.

"I mean its just such a tragedy, and for officers and their families, and for the community," said Hovik. "It's been a tough few days."


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