PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A fugitive on the run from Colorado took his own life in Phoenix over the weekend. The incident saw deputies and FBI agents spending hours investigating along Tatum Boulevard between Jomax and Pinnacle Peak roads Saturday.
Officials in Colorado say 55-year-old Ronald James Braden had been on the run since Nov. 13 after he cut off his court ordered GPS monitoring device. On Friday, Vail police developed leads that Braden was in Maricopa County.
Braden, the former IT Director for the town of Vail, was arrested in July for multiple crimes including violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, embezzlement of public property, theft, official misconduct, forgery and assault on a peace officer. These charges resulted from an 18-month investigation in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for theft of public funds, officials say.
Braden had resigned from the town’s employment in 2018 after his arrest for soliciting a minor for prostitution.
In a press release from the Maricopa County Sheriff Office on Monday, the MCSO FATE Team and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force was contacted by Colorado law enforcement. They requested assistance in finding a fugitive that they say can be violent. Colorado law enforcement had a warrant for his arrest for larceny.
According to MCSO, at 9:25 a.m. on Saturday, they conducted a traffic stop on a red Toyota car. MCSO believed that Braden was living in the car.
When deputies approached the car, Braden allegedly shot and killed himself.