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Jonathon Atland is a car theft suspect who allegedly struck and killed a police officer and critically injured another in a Phoenix suburb Thursday night was identified by Gilbert Police Department Friday.
At around 11 p.m. Thursday, Atland was taken into custody after being involved in a police pursuit on State Route 87 from Eloy to Phoenix.
He is 25 years old.
A Chandler police officer is dead, and a Gilbert police officer is in critical condition after a pursuit ended in a shootout at a Gilbert car dealership late Thursday night, police say.
According to a news release from the Gilbert Police Department, the incident began in Eloy around 10 p.m. Thursday when a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office deputy began pursuing a truck. The driver started shooting toward the deputy’s vehicle. Police did not release why the deputy was in pursuit of the car.
The chase led them to Chandler after the truck’s driver drove into a Chandler Regional Airport gate, shutting the airport down. After leaving the airport, the truck’s driver went the wrong way on Loop 202 and crashed near the Val Vista Drive ramp.
The driver got out of his car and ran into a car dealership where he stole a vehicle, Gilbert police said. At that time, Pinal County, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Chandler, and Gilbert police officers surrounded the building.
The driver then shot a Chandler officer, a Gilbert officer, and a dealership janitorial employee. Three Pinal County deputies and four DPS troopers shot at the driver before being taken into custody and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.
In a Facebook post, Chandler police confirmed their officer, Christopher Farrar, died from his injuries.
“Officer Farrar was struck and killed by a suspect driving a stolen vehicle earlier this evening,” the post said. Farrar was an 18-year veteran of the department.
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The suspect, identified by police as 25-year-old Jonathon Atland, had fired shots at Pinal County deputies attempting to make a traffic stop near Eloy, Gilbert police said.
UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as 25-year-old Jonathon Altland. Altland is facing charges of murder, aggravated assault, and auto theft (theft of means of transportation). The latest information on last night’s incident can be found here: https://t.co/3r6cy5CIkL pic.twitter.com/ttBiirEY0B
— Gilbert Police Dept. (@GilbertPolice) May 1, 2021
The suspect continued toward Chandler, crashing through Chandler Municipal Airport, then drove in the opposite lanes in traffic on surface streets and the 202 Santan Freeway. He then moved into Gilbert, and the chase ended near Val Vista, and the 202, police said. Atland crashed the truck he was driving into an exterior fence at a Ford dealership, police said. According to police, he then fled on foot, armed with a handgun, went into a dealership building through an open maintenance area door.
Officers from Gilbert, Chandler, Pinal County, and the Department of Public Safety surrounded the building. Atland took a vehicle from inside the dealership building, then crashed the stolen car through a closer bay door, according to police. Pinal County and DPS officers shot at the suspect as he attempted to run them over after crashing through the door, police said.
Atland then struck and killed Farrar by hitting him with the stolen car, according to police. Atland then drove into a parked car that then struck Aranda, causing severe injuries, police said.
He was in custody and was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office will investigate and submit charges for the initial traffic stop and attempted murder of an officer. Chandler Police will be submitting charges for entering the airport. Gilbert is investigating the events at the dealership.
Charges will include murder, aggravated assault, and auto theft, Gilbert police said.