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Charges filed against suspects who shot at Glendale officers, crashed

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Posted at 4:29 PM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 18:32:18-05

GLENDALE, AZ — Police have identified the two suspects apprehended after a pursuit and officer-involved shooting Friday evening.

Officers responded to an armed robbery around 5 p.m. at a home near 91st Avenue and Camelback. The person who called 911 said a man and a woman had robbed him at gunpoint and took his white Chevy Suburban.

Police spotted the stolen SUV near 83rd Avenue and Glendale and began following it east. Police say as the vehicle neared 67th Avenue and Grand the man started shooting at officers out the window.

The Suburban headed south on Grand, where it hit several vehicles and the suspect continued firing.

The vehicle ended up crashing in the parking lot of the Home Depot near 43rd Avenue and Camelback and the suspects, identified Monday as 18-year-olds Kristian Medeiros and Yazmin Garcia-Hernandez, took off running. Both were apprehended a short time later.

During the chase, police say an officer fired one shot at the suspects. The round was recovered from the scene.

Police say the pair admitted to stealing money and the vehicle for food and fired shots to get police to stop pursuing them. Police said the gun used was recovered by investigators, and also found to be stolen.

In a news release Monday, police said ten shell casings were found on Grand Avenue. There were no injuries to officers or bystanders during the pursuit and shooting, though police said two vehicles were hit by gunfire and three by the SUV.

Medeiros and Garcia-Hernandez face multiple felony charges, including multiple counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault on a police officer, among other charges.