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Jonathon Altland indicted in the murder of Chandler officer Christopher Farrar, among other charges

Posted at 7:18 PM, May 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-14 22:20:36-04

A Maricopa County Grand Jury has indicted Jonathon Altland Jr. Thursday in connection to the death of Chandler Officer Christopher Farrar and injuries to Gilbert Police Officer Rico Aranda last month.

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Police say the deadly pursuit began near Eloy when Altland fired a weapon at a sheriff’s deputy vehicle after attempting to pull Altland over.

Officer Farrar was struck by Altland while attempting to flee in a stolen vehicle during a multi-agency police pursuit that ended at SanTan Motorplex in Gilbert.

Officer Aranda was also hit, and suffered a severe head injury, according to the Gilbert Police Department.

Three troopers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety were also hurt. Their injuries are considered to be non-life-threatening, police said.

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Altland is facing murder, aggravated assault and auto theft charges.