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Video: Ariz. K-9 takes down armed suspect

Police said Jason Sanchez-Vasquez opened fire on police as they pursued his vehicle

By PoliceOne Staff

GUADALUPE, Ariz. — A felon who opened fire on deputies during a pursuit Wednesday was wounded after deputies returned fire and a second suspect was taken into custody after police released a K-9. 

Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez told The Arizona Republic that police responded to calls of shots fired during a gang confrontation Wednesday afternoon. Deputies arrived to discover a suspect fled the scene in a stolen car. 

Enriquez said when deputies located and pursued Jason Sanchez-Vasquez, 36, he opened fire on police with a semiautomatic handgun. No officers were hit. Sanchez-Vasquez stole another vehicle during the pursuit and continued to flee.

The suspect then collided with a deputy’s vehicle and continued to shoot at officers, according to the publication. Deputies suffered minor injuries in the crash. 


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Police returned fire, wounding Sanchez-Vasquez. Sanchez-Vasquez remains in critical condition.

SWAT surrounded a home where another suspect, who was allegedly involved in the initial shooting, and others in a nearby yard were taunting deputies. The suspect was apprehended after police released a K-9. Police told azfamily.com that the "non-compliant" suspect was bitten by the K-9.

Sanchez-Vasquez has several previous convictions in Arizona, including felonies involving weapons.

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