We strive to provide best-in-class service to make people feel safe in their homes, schools, businesses, and on the roadways. We will serve as law enforcement leaders in protecting and assisting all people in our community through effective problem solving, professional service, and the relentless pursuit of those who victimize our citizens and compromise public safety.
Altland Jr. The vehicle, driven by year-old Jonathon J. The pursuit continued as the suspect vehicle drove erratically, swerving into both lanes of travel, and driving in the opposite lane. Near the area of Arica Road and Hwy 87, the deputy's passenger side windshield was shattered, having sustained gunfire from Altland's fleeing vehicle.
The vehicle drove through a gate at the Chandler Municipal Airport then fled the airport and continued recklessly driving the wrong way onto the Santan Freeway. Altland then crashed the vehicle into a fence on the northern embankment of the Freeway and was observed fleeing on foot into a nearby car dealership, San Tan Ford. While inside the dealership, Altland confronted and threatened janitorial staff. Officers began to converge on the location and established a perimeter.
Altland stole a vehicle from inside the dealership and attempted to flee the lot. During his attempted flight, he accelerated and veered directly at multiple groups of officers.
Fearing for their lives and the lives of fellow officers, multiple officers fired their weapons in an attempt to stop Altland; however, Altland continued through the parking lot where he struck Chandler Police Officer Christopher Farrar, who later died of his injuries, a janitorial employee, a DPS officer and also severely injured Gilbert Officer Rico Aranda. Altland was transported to the hospital to be medically treated for injuries sustained during this incident.
Our thoughts are with the Chandler Police Department and the family of Officer Christopher Farrar who touched so many lives.
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His loss has left a hole in all of our hearts. Gilbert Officer Rico Aranda is continuing to go through his recovery process. We are grateful for the outpouring of support from our community. Our Gilbert Police Department detectives are working diligently to investigate the events of this evening and all agencies involved will work together to provide updates as they become available.
We would like to remind the public that a charge in a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is pd innocent until and unless proven guilty. The pursuit was heading northbound on State Route 87 towards Chandler. Information was provided that the suspect Jonathon Altland 25 years oldhad fired shots at the Pinal County Sheriff Deputies attempting to make a traffic stop near Eloy, AZ.
Altland then attempted to evade officers by driving in opposing lanes of traffic on surface streets and on and off from the Santan Freeway.
The pursuit continued into Gilbert where it ended in the area of Val Vista and the Santan freeway. Altland crashed the truck he was driving into the exterior fencing of the Ford auto dealership. He fled on foot, still armed with a handgun at PM. He was able to gain access to the building through an open roll up door to the maintenance area of the dealership where custodial staff were working. Altland was able to gain access to a vehicle inside the dealership building.
At PM, the suspect crashed the stolen vehicle through a closed bay door. The suspect continued his intentional attack on the officers, striking and killing Chandler Officer Christopher Farrar. The suspect continued to drive striking a parked car that struck Gilbert Officer Rico Aranda causing serious injuries. Aranda has been with Gilbert Police for nearly three years and is in critical but stable condition. Altland was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The Chandler Police Department will be submitting charges related to the suspect entering the airport.
The Gilbert Police Department is investigating the events at the termination of the pursuit.
Altland is facing charges of murder, aggravated assault and auto theft theft of means of transportation. Civic Center Drive, has closed for year-long renovations.
More information. We are happy to report that he is responding well to treatment and we expect him to be transferred within a couple days out of ICU and into neurological treatment and recovery.
We want to thank all of the medical providers from Dignity Health at Chandler Regional Hospital for their excellent care. Thank you for your continued support.
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The Gilbert Police Department would like to thank the community for the outpouring of support for our officer who was critically injured in the tragic events that happened last night. Gilbert Police Officer Rico Aranda has been with our.
Officer Aranda is still in critical condition, but stable, and he has shown s of improvement. Please note that this is the only official donation source. The Gilbert Police Department is still actively processing the crime scene and at this time we do not have any additional information to share but we will provide an update later today.
Gilbert, Ariz. The suspect vehicle fled from the Deputy and fired gun shots at the Deputy as he was in pursuit. The pursuit continued into Chandler where the suspect drove into the Chandler Airport runway. The suspect then fled onto the San Tan Freeway driving the wrong way. The suspect then exited the freeway where he eventually crashed near the Val Vista Drive eastbound on ramp.
The suspect fled on foot into the San Tan Ford dealership lot. The suspect stole a vehicle from the dealership and attempted to flee the lot. At this time, the suspect hit a Chandler Officer, a Gilbert Officer and one of the janitorial employees. The suspect was injured and taken into custody where he was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Tragically, Chandler Police Department Officer Farrar, an year veteran of the department, later died as a result of his injuries.
The Gilbert Police Officer suffered a severe head injury and is currently in critical condition. The three DPS Troopers received non-life-threatening injuries and the dealership employee received minor injuries. This multi-agency incident remains under investigation.
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