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Pandemonium on the streets of Tucson: Suspect dead after city wide crime spree

Posted at 2:31 PM, Jul 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 21:34:34-04

A multiple agency investigation of several crime scenes across Tucson ended in an officer-involved shooting in midtown.

Sgt. Chris Warren of Marana Police says this city wide crime spree is all connected to a Bank of America robbery from Wednesday. 

The suspect, 31-year-old Jesus Isaac Rael, has been fatally shot by police according to the Marana Police Department. A Tucson Police Officer shot the suspect.

It all began when Marana Police and detectives were conducting surveillance to locate the suspect from Wednesday's bank robbery.  

Detectives located the suspect near Calle Del Rey and Mission. 

Police found the suspect in a vehicle at which point he rammed a Marana police car and took off.

A pursuit then began as he led officers to I-19 and Ajo and crashed his car in the median. 

The suspect got out of his car with a rifle and exchanged gunfire with officers. Nobody was hit by gunfire. 

While an officer was taking cover, the suspect stole a Marana Police vehicle. 

The suspect then drove the police car to the 1400 block of West Valencia. The armed suspect then ditched the police car and carjacked an elderly man's car.

The suspect ran over the man whose car he was driving. The suspect then fled that scene.

Tucson Police Department officers were able to locate the suspect at 22nd and Country Club and started pursuing him.

As the suspect was driving down Campbell Avenue, he tried to turn onto 8th Street and lost control of the vehicle.  

The suspect dove out of the car and began shooting at officers with a shot gun. An officer returned fire and shot the suspect.

 

 

While wounded the suspect tried to steal a TPD cop car. Other police vehicles arrived on scene at this point and crashed their car into the TPD car the suspect was in.

Officers were able to detain the suspect at this point and realized he was shot. SWAT medics begin treating his wounds. The suspect was transported to Banner University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. 

Westbound Valencia from Santa Cruz to Midvale will be down to 2 lanes only for the next four to five hours.