PHOENIX - Police say they have captured the man believed to be responsible for the lockdown of five schools and a police shootout in Chandler Monday.
Chandler police Sgt. Joseph Favazzo said shortly before 10 p.m, Tuesday night, undercover officers observed David Javier Gonzales, 25, of Mesa, in the area of 19th Avenue and Osborn Road in Phoenix.
Favazzo said the officers moved in on Gonzales, who fled once he realized police were closing in on him.
Authorities said a short foot pursuit ensued ending with Gonzales being taken into custody.
Favazzo said Gonzales was transported to a local hospital to be treated for a minor injury he received during the exchange of gunfire with a Chandler police officer Monday.
Once released from the hospital, Favazzo said Gonzales will be booked into the 4th Avenue Jail.
Authorities have been searching for Gonzales since the shootout Monday evening.
After the shootout, police said Gonzales stole a golf cart and drove it to another apartment complex where he carjacked a vehicle from an elderly woman. The vehicle was later found abandoned several miles away.
Police said back in 2005, Gonzales was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault and misconduct involving weapons. Six years later, Gonzales was busted again for misconduct involving weapons.
According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, Gonzales served two years in prison and was released in November of 2013. Officials said he is currently on parole.
The incident began at about 8:30 a.m. Monday when Chandler police went to a home to serve a warrant. As officers were headed to the home, they saw a van associated with the house leaving the area.
Officers tried to stop the van, but the driver fled, said Detective Seth Tyler, a police spokesman.
The van was located near Chandler High School, and two callers told police they saw a man walking in the area with either a rifle or a shotgun, Tyler said.
One of the callers reported that the man entered a home and another said the armed man entered a trailer park.
Five schools in the area, including Chandler High, were put on lockdowns.
Police SWAT teams were called out, but there was no sign of the man and the lockdowns were lifted around noon.
Details are still developing
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