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Suspect in Chandler officer-involved shooting self-surrenders to police days later

Posted: 4:47 PM, Jan 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-11 15:37:26Z
PD: Chandler officer involved in shooting
PD: Chandler officer involved in shooting
PD: Chandler officer involved in shooting

A suspect is facing assault with a deadly weapon charges after dragging an officer with his vehicle and attempting to hit a second officer following a traffic stop Monday.

Detective Seth Tyler said two patrol officers tried to make a stop near Arizona Avenue and Riggs Road around 4:15 p.m., and minutes later one of the officers made a distress call on his radio.

According to court paperwork, during the stop, officers discovered 27-year-old Allen Pedro had a warrant out for his arrest and told him to exit the vehicle.

As Pedro's door was open and officers had their hands on him, he reportedly shifted the vehicle into drive and fled, dragging the officer into oncoming traffic.

Court documents state Pedro then made a U-turn, narrowly missing the officer's legs and heading directly at the second officer. The second officer drew his weapon and opened fire, hitting the vehicle with several rounds.

Pedro fled the scene to the Gila River Indian Reservation, where his vehicle was by additional patrol units discovered.

On Tuesday morning, Chandler police said the suspect was still at large but by Wednesday afternoon police confirmed Pedro self-surrendered to Gila River Police. Chandler police responded and arrested the suspect without incident.

One of the Chandler officers suffered minor injuries in the incident after being dragged by Pedro's vehicle, according to Tyler. The second officer was not injured. 

During an interview with police, Pedro admitted his involvement in the incident, but said he did not mean to hurt the officers.