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Police: Suspect in Casa Grande officer-involved shooting found dead

Posted: 4:53 PM, Sep 06, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-08 00:44:19Z
WB Loop 202 closed at Dobson due to PD activity
WB Loop 202 closed at Dobson due to PD activity

The manhunt for a suspect allegedly connected to an officer-involved shooting in Casa Grande has ended after he was found dead.

Authorities were on the hunt for 37-year-old Juan Rodriguez-Fregoso who was suspected of shooting an off-duty Casa Grande police officer and another person Wednesday morning.

The suspect then fled the scene in an unknown vehicle, police said.

Casa Grande police said the suspect died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a vehicle on the Loop-202 Red Mountain Freeway at Dobson Road.

Authorities closed the westbound lanes of the Loop 202 at Dobson Wednesday afternoon.

Air15 video showed multiple police agencies, including Mesa and Chandler police, the U.S. Marshal's Service and Arizona Department of Public Safety, surrounding a vehicle on the freeway.

In an updated release, Casa Grande police said both the off-duty officer and the female civilian employee were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds. Both are listed in serious condition.

Police identified the off-duty officer as 40-year-old Robert Price. The female employee was identified as 39-year-old Yvette Rodriguez, the wife of the suspect, said police.

ABC15 talked to neighbors who knew Fregoso and Rodriguez. 

Adam Salcido is a friend of the couple and has known the suspect for many years. 

"Something had to happen for him to do something like this," said Salcido. "He was a hard worker, respectful. great father. It's just a sad day today." 

Another neighbor, Rhonda Macguire, says police had recently been called to the house and she stopped seeing the wife's car in the driveway. 

"Nothing has to end that way," said Maguire. "Pain can make us do a lot of hard things."

"I think it was just a sad thing," said Macguire. "A lot of hard feelings, a lot of good people hurt and it came to this kind of ending, they were good people I think." 

Mesa police will lead the death investigation while Casa Grande police investigate the shooting, the release said.

Look for updates on this developing story on ABC15 News, abc15.com and in the ABC15 app.