Maricopa County identifies suspect, deputies involved in shooting near Morristown

Posted at 3:41 PM, Mar 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-28 18:56:35-04

Authorities have identified the suspect shot by Maricopa County deputies Monday in the desert northwest of the Valley.

Officials say an armed suspect entered a home in Buckeye around 7:30 a.m. The man, later identified as 37-year-old Mitchell Newmoon, confronted a mother inside and demanded the keys to her vehicle.

Newmoon drove away in the family's SUV. Maricopa County deputies were able to track the vehicle to near Wickenburg through its OnStar service.

Deputy Jon Anderson and his officer in training, Deputy Scott Heweston, spotted the vehicle driving recklessly on US 60 southeast of Wickenburg, according to a release sent Tuesday by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. The pair initiated a pursuit, which ended off the highway and 257th Avenue when OnStar disabled the vehicle.

Officials say Newmoon fired several shots from the stolen vehicle and deputies Anderson and Heweston returned fire, hitting him.

Newmoon then ran away and discarded his firearm, deputies said. He was tased while being taken into custody and was in the process of being booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on "numerous felony charges," according to an MCSO news release. Specifics as to the charges were not immediately available, though Newmoon also had an active arrest warrant at the time of the pursuit.

No deputies or bystanders were hurt during the incident, authorities said.