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Suspect's gun used in I-17 pursuit was high-power rifle belonging to MCSO

Posted: 4:11 PM, Oct 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-01 23:15:47Z
Gun used in I-17 shooting belonged to MCSO
Gun used in I-17 shooting belonged to MCSO

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says the high-powered rifle a suspect used to shoot at troopers during a pursuit earlier this week belonged to MCSO.

MCSO Sheriff Paul Penzone says the weapon was last known to be in MCSO's possession between 2010 and 2015. It's unclear how the gun went missing.

Penzone said a total of 27 weapons are still unaccounted for, some of which are automatic weapons.

"The fact that any dangerous individual in our community can acquire posses and use fully automatic weapons ....is unacceptable and intolerable," Penzone said. 

After Penzone said the guns went missing during former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's tenure, Arpaio provided the following statement to ABC15:

"Vaguely remember there were some weapons unaccounted for. I'm sure my staff looked into it and took whatever action necessary." - Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. 

Phoenix police say on Monday Mesa police officers attempted to stop 27-year-old Arnaldo Caraveo for allegedly brandishing a weapon during an argument with someone.

Caraveo refused to stop and police initiated a pursuit. The pursuit ended after DPS troopers performed a pit maneuver on the suspect on the I-17 near 7th Street. 

Caraveo then opened fire on troopers, who fired back and ended the threat. 

Caraveo died at the scene. No troopers were seriously injured.