Suspect chase, crashes keep police investigating into the night

Suspect chase, crashes keep police investigating into the night

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The driver who led police on a chase that involved gunfire early Friday afternoon is in custody with serious injuries.

Initially the injuries were life-threatening, but his condition was upgraded Friday evening.

At least two other people were taken to the hospital, according to Sgt. Kim Bay of the Tucson Police Department. Several others were injured.

The incident began when police attempted to stop the driver of a truck for a felony warrant near West Ajo Way and South 12th Avenue.

The driver, who has not yet been identified, rammed multiple cars in the parking lot of a pharmacy before heading east on Ajo Way, and police opened fire, Bay said.
 
At least three officers fired their weapons and are on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, which is standard protocol.

The chase led to a multiple-car collision at South Sixth Avenue and East Ajo Way, where eight vehicles and a patrol car were all damaged. In total, 13 cars were involved in the crashes connected to Friday's chase, according to TPD.
 
Jared Sambrano, who works at a business located between the two crash scenes, said he heard the gunshots and stepped outside to see the suspect's truck headed his way.
 
"You only hear about this stuff, you only see it on television," he said. "To actually be on the side of the road to see it is something else. It gets your heart racing, it gets you worried about what's going on."
 
The suspect, described as a 30-year-old white man, was alone in the truck, according to Bay. None of the accidents connected to this chase were deadly, but Sambrano said he expected the opposite when he witnessed the pile-up at Sixth and Ajo.
 
"It was like a domino effect of nothing but metal, just clanging loud crash," he said. "Then everything was quiet and you just hear the cops yelling, 'Get him! Get him! Get him!'"

As of 10 p.m. Friday -- 10 hours after the chase ended -- intersections were still closed in all directions on Ajo at 12th and Sixth avenues.
 
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