A man was shot dead by police after stealing a City of Phoenix 10-wheel truck tractor, evading police through several cities and crashing into multiple police cars Sunday, according to Mesa police.
The man, who has not been identified, allegedly stole the truck and intentionally rammed several Phoenix officers’ vehicles, according to Mesa police.
With multiple Phoenix police cars and a helicopter chasing after him, he entered Mesa going east on Broadway near Dobson. The man attempted to hit Mesa officers’ vehicles. He seemed to actively try to chase and hit police cars, according to a news release from Mesa police.
On Stapley Drive, north of Southern Avenue, the suspect drove directly at a Mesa officer, who quickly took evasive action and escaped with minor damage to his patrol car.
The man eventually entered Apache Junction and struck another police vehicle, according to the report. Near 700 N Ironwood, he approached Phoenix SWAT officers, who fired on him. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Apache Junction Fire Department.