A Phoenix police officer fatally shot an ex-convict because the man refused to stop after a police armored car rammed a stolen SUV in the heart of downtown, police said Wednesday.
According to police, the officer shot Craig Uran, 26, once with a rife Tuesday because the officer believed Uran's refusal to obey commands to stop the vehicle put bystanders in danger.
Earlier Tuesday morning, Uran pointed a handgun at a detective following a stolen truck. Later, he told the owner of an SUV that he had a gun, according to a police affidavit filed in court.
Police began trailing Uran after he stole a vehicle in northwest Phoenix. Uran than drove to an underground parking garage in downtown Phoenix where he and an alleged accomplice carjacked the SUV. He was shot in the SUV on a sidewalk after driving out of the garage.
Police and court records identified the alleged accomplice as Jessica Leanne Hicks, 23, of Phoenix.
Hicks, who doesn't have a lawyer, faces charges of armed robbery and first-degree murder.
A judge on Wednesday ordered her held in lieu of $270,000 bail, an amount that prompted her to gasp.
"There's no way I can be released? I was kidnapped," she said during an initial appearance in Maricopa County Superior Court.
The judge, Commissioner Charles Donofrio III, then reminded of her Miranda rights to remain silent.
Donofrio told Hicks that she faces another court hearing on a probation violation.
Court records indicate Hicks is on probation after pleading guilty in September to a drug charge.
The police affidavit said Hicks was in the passenger seat when Uran pointed the gun at the detective and that she actively participated in the carjacking in the parking garage.
The state Department of Corrections website said Uran was released from the prison system in May 2012. It said he entered the system in April 2009 after he was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison on Maricopa County convictions for theft of means of transportation and felony weapons possession.
Uran's criminal record also included a prior conviction for a drive-by shooting
At the time of his death, Uran was awaiting trial on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm in a case that began last September.
County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Uran was released on $1,800 bail on Nov. 6 in the pending case.
"So he was out on bail with a violent criminal past," and facing a lengthy prison sentence, given his previous convictions, Montgomery said.
In light of Uran's release and what happened Tuesday, Montgomery said his office will begin reviewing its plea policies for offenders with extensive criminal histories "taking into account not just present but future risk to the community."
He said his office will work hard to ensure that prosecutors have all pertinent previous criminal history details when appearing for bail hearings and provide that information to judges.
Montgomery said he couldn't say whether the prosecutor in the pending case had all the information regarding Uran's criminal history when the judge granted bail.
"I'm not saying the release conditions that were imposed were wrong," he said. "What I am saying, that in looking back now, these are some factors that I want to make sure were highlighted."