Phoenix police: Carjacking suspect dead after crash

PHOENIX - Authorities say the suspect in a carjacking in Phoenix Friday afternoon has died.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said the suspect, 29, approached a woman, 66, who had just returned home near 21st Street and Clarendon Avenue around 3:20 p.m. Friday.

The suspect asked the woman to use her cell phone. When she refused, he pulled the woman out of her vehicle and threw her to the ground, police said. She suffered some bruising, but is expected to be OK.

A neighbor reportedly witnessed this, ran into his home and grabbed a gun, according to Thompson.

The neighbor's wife, 63, went to the passenger side of the vehicle, but the suspect started to drive the vehicle away. She was knocked to the ground and suffered a head injury.

Thompson said she was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to be OK.

The neighbor then fired several rounds at the stolen vehicle, striking the suspect.

Authorities then responded to a collision near 24th Street and Thomas Road where a vehicle had crashed into a wall and a tree. Officers confirmed that the vehicle was the one connected to the carjacking.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital in extremely critical condition, where he later died.

Thompson said the suspect has been identified, but his name will not be released until next of kin had been notified. Police said an autopsy will be required to determine cause of death.

The case will be submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's office for review. No charges are expected to be filed, he said.

Saturday, after the crime scene tape had cleared, neighbors were breathing a sigh of relief.

"We were all worried about our neighbors here, wondering what happened, what they went through," said Ruben Somoza. "Our neighbors are really close, this is a tight knit family here."

Somoza and others who spoke with ABC15 said they were happy to hear detectives are not expected to press charges against their friend who opened fire.

"We're glad he was able to do what he had to do, it's unfortunate for the guy who did it but we're glad that everyone here is OK," said Somoza.

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