2 apprehended after crash on US 60, 3rd takes his own life
Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) said that two burglary suspects have been arrested and a third suspect shot himself after a chase.
AJPD was responding to a complaint in the neighborhood west of Ironwood Rd. and south of 16th Ave.
According to an official report: “On August 16, 2018, at about 9:15 p.m. two suspects entered a residence in the 1900 block of West Renaissance in Apache Junction. The suspects entered through an open garage door,” the statement says.
“Once inside the residence, the suspects took the victim’s purse, fled through the garage and entered a vehicle. AJPD patrol officers responded to the scene and observed the suspect vehicle fleeing eastbound on 16th Avenue.
“The suspect vehicle continued south on Idaho Rd., entering US 60 traveling westbound. The suspect vehicle exited the westbound off ramp at Signal Butte, then left the embankment and rolled, ejecting one suspect.
“DPS investigated the injury collision scene. The ejected suspect was identified as Roman Michael Sprouse (20), a Mesa resident. Sprouse was transported to a local hospital for injuries sustained.”
AJPD said the second suspect fled on foot and AJPD officers, assisted by Mesa Police Department, Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Maricopa County Sheriffs Department (MCSO), set up a perimeter.
In the midst of the investigation, MCSO received 911 calls of a male subject running northbound from Southern Ave., west of the aqueduct, into a neighborhood.
AJPD said several 911 calls were received until Mesa K9 located and apprehended the suspect.
The second suspect, Brandon James Pharr (28) of Phoenix, was transported to a local hospital with injuries from a dog bite.
Pharr was later released into AJPD custody and booked into Pinal County Jail. Pharr also had a felony warrant.
According to an official report from AJPD: “As the apprehension of Pharr was occurring, AJ officers encountered a third suspect. As officers attempted to take the third suspect into custody, the suspect took his own life with a firearm that was concealed. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. This suspect’s identity is not being released at this time, pending notification of family.”