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Police ID suspect shot and killed after pursuit that ended on I-17 near 7th St

DPS: Pursuit shuts down I-17 at 7th Street
Posted at 5:33 PM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 18:34:26-04

UPDATE: MCSO confirms gun used by suspect in I-17 pursuit and shooting belonged to their department and had gone missing between 2010 and 2015. CLICK HERE for more on this development


Police have identified the suspect shot and killed after a pursuit that led officers and Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers across several cities. The incident ended on Interstate 17 near 7th Street Monday around 5 p.m.

Phoenix police say officers were originally called to the area of Main Street and Mesa Drive in Mesa for a report of an argument. The suspect, 27-year-old Arnaldo Caraveo, allegedly displayed a handgun during a confrontation with someone while in a white truck.

Mesa police attempted to stop Caraveo in the area but he refused to pull over. The incident turned into a pursuit eventually involving DPS and Phoenix police. The incident ended with DPS using one of their vehicles to perform a pit maneuver on the suspect. 

Once the pit maneuver was performed, the suspect's vehicle stopped and was facing several DPS units.

The suspect then opened fire on the troopers, according to Phoenix police. Troopers and Mesa officers returned fire on Caraveo, ending the threat.

Interstate 17 was shut down in both directions near 7th Street for about 18 hours following the shootout.


Caraveo was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Two troopers had minor injuries from glass during the shooting but no troopers or officers were shot. 

Phoenix police are taking the lead on the criminal investigation, while Mesa and DPS conduct internal investigations.

This is the 70th officer-involved shooting in the Valley so far in 2018. Forty of the 70 officer-involved shootings have happened in the City of Phoenix.

Earlier on Monday, two Tempe officers were injured after exchanging gunfire while serving an order of protection against a domestic violence suspect. Both officers are expected to be ok and the suspect is dead following that shooting.