UPDATE: Authorities identify suspect killed during chaotic crime spree
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A police pursuit that began in Marana led to a shootout on Interstate 19, a carjacking on Valencia Road and ended with a bank robbery suspect being fatally shot near the UA campus Thursday afternoon, according to authorities.
The Marana Police Department said the incident began around 1:40 p.m. when officers located 31-year-old Jesus Rael, the suspect in a robbery at an area bank on Wednesday.
Chris Warren, spokesman for the MPD, said officers found Rael in a vehicle in the area of West Calle Del Rey and South Mission Road.
Rael, who has an extensive criminal history and ties to gangs, rammed an MPD vehicle and fled before crashing his vehicle near on I-19 at Ajo Way.
Warren said Rael, armed with a shotgun, then began shooting at officers.
"As the officers were taking cover, the suspect was able to take control of the Marana patrol vehicle and fled southbound on Interstate 19," the MPD said in a news release.
Rael then drove the cruiser to a doctor's office in the 1400 block of West Valencia Road.
At the office, Rael carjacked an elderly man and ran him over while fleeing the scene. The victim was taken to Banner - University Medical Center South on Ajo, where according to his family he is hurt, but doing OK.
Rael took off in the stolen vehicle, a white Chevy Impala, and later crashed it near the intersection of North Campbell Avenue and East Eighth Street.
The Tucson Police Department said Rael then jumped out of the stolen vehicle and ran into the front yard of a near-by home.
"As the first officer turned onto Eighth Street from Campbell, the suspect began firing at the officer with a shotgun," the TPD said in a news release. "The [TPD] officer returned fire and struck the suspect."
A wounded Rael then jumped into the officer's vehicle and tried to flee.
Two more TPD officers arrived and pinned Rael's vehicle, preventing another escape.
"Officers approached the vehicle and took the suspect into custody," the TPD said. "The suspect had obvious gunshot wounds that were immediately treated by SWAT medics and officers."
Rael was taken to a local hospital where he died.
The Pima County Sheriff's Department is investigating the shooting involving the Marana Police Department. The MPD officers have been placed on administrative leave.
The TPD said the Violent Crimes Section is conducting a criminal investigation into the incident while the Office of Professional Standards is conducting a separate investigation to examine the actions of department personnel.
No law enforcement officers or other residents were injured during the incident.
According to the Arizona Department of Correction's website, Rael was convicted on two robbery charges in 2002. He was found guilty on a weapons charge in 2004 and aggravated assault just three years later.
In all, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. His most recent release came in March 2014 after he served nine years on the assault charge.
While in prison he racked up several infractions for assault, conspiracy, refusal to work, disorderly conduct and disobeying orders.
Several roadways, including I-19, Campbell, Broadway and Eighth Street, were closed during the ordeal. All were back open by 10 p.m.
The TPD, MPD, DPS and UA Police Department were all involved in the incident.
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