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DPS, La Paz County deputies involved in deadly shooting along I-10

Posted at 10:07 AM, Jan 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-26 19:25:10-05

EHRENBERG, AZ — The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) is providing more information regarding a deadly shooting that occurred in western Arizona on Thursday afternoon.

AZDPS says the incident occurred along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 at milepost 1, near Ehrenberg on January 24 just before 1 p.m.

AZDPS says the received information from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) regarding a vehicle several California law enforcement agencies were pursuing.

The Arizona agency was told the driver of a white 2006 Ford Focus was armed and dangerous.

Additionally, CHP said the man, identified as 26-year-old Christian Albarran, had multiple outstanding felony warrants, "as well as an active felony warrant with a bond of $250,000 for credit card fraud."

Albarran also had an active order of protection against him, and was on probation for domestic violence.

Because Albarran's car was registered to a home in Quartzsite, Arizona, CHP said they believed Albarran might have been heading to the Quartzsite area.

Based upon that information, AZDPS troopers waited along eastbound I-10 at the California state line. Around 2:15 p.m., AZDPS troopers and one La Paz County Sheriff's Office deputy spotted Albarran's vehicle.

Officials from AZDPS said they attempted to stop Albarran and negotiate with him, but the suspect did not obey "repeated commands."

In a press release regarding the incident, DPS officials said, "While being given orders to keep his hands in sight, the suspect made a rapid and furtive movement indicating a lethal threat to the troopers and the deputy. As a result of the suspect's actions, troopers and the deputy responded to the threat with lethal force."

Albarran"succumbed to his injuries" and was pronounced dead, AZDPS said.

The La Paz County Sheriff's Department said no officers were harmed during the incident.

The investigation remains under investigation. DPS says they expect to release more information as it becomes available.