PHOENIX – A suspected robber drove a small U-Haul truck by heavy Phoenix traffic, and a chic neighborhood and passed at least one red light on Thursday while leading the police on an hour-long chase that ended when the man was shot.
The incident — including the moment that officers in a hurry and shot the suspect — unfolded live online and on TV.
The Phoenix Fire department says the suspect, who has not yet been identified, is in stable condition after being struck by a Taser and bullets.
Authorities say the incident began in Peoria, a suburb west of Phoenix, around 4 a.m. when a man robbed a supermarket.
Witnesses reported that the robber had a weapon and was seen fleeing in a small U-Haul.
Peoria police tried to stop the man, but he fled. The police ended the pursuit of their vehicle and let a helicopter take over.
When the man drove in Phoenix, police there took up the chase.
Live cameras showed the clearly marked U-Haul truck to drive through the busy traffic, passing a red light, and maneuvering cars around. The truck drove through an upscale district in the neighborhood of Paradise Valley, past stately homes and lush green grass. The driver appeared to have lost his way in the neighborhood, but eventually made it out.
He stopped at an intersection in north Phoenix. The man stepped out of the car and appeared to try to be in a white SUV that drove off.
That is when a number of people ran in the direction of the suspect and fired with their rifles on him. The man fell to the ground and put his arms up but then was quickly surrounded by the police.
No officers were injured.
The police were still investigating and the intersection was closed at the end of Thursday.