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Suspect dies in Camp Verde shooting

A high-speed chase Sunday night ended with gunfire, as Yavapai County Sheriffs Office deputies shot and killed the suspect they were pursuing.

Sedona Police Department officers were chasing a pickup truck that was traveling at high speeds, at times over 100 mph, according to the YCSO press release.

"My understanding is that the chase started sometime after 8 o'clock," Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO Media Relations Coordinator, said.

The truck left Sedona's city limits, so the officers ended their pursuit and called the vehicle's description in to other area law enforcement agencies.

Department of Public Safety officers later saw the vehicle and chased it, and the truck's driver continued to refuse to stop. DPS officials requested that YCSO deputies place "stop sticks" in the truck's path to puncture the driver's tires.

"Stop sticks are also known as spike strips," D'Evelyn said. "They puncture the tire. The idea is to release the air slowly, so the tires go flat. That's what they did. That was in Camp Verde, about halfway between the Verde Valley Justice Center and the I-17."

At approximately 9 p.m., the truck ran over the stop sticks and the suspect pulled off to the side of the roadway on Highway 260, about three miles northwest of Highway I-17 near Horseshoe Bend.

The suspect got out of the vehicle and began firing at the YCSO deputies. Two deputies shot back, hit and killed the suspect.

DPS is handling the shooting investigation. They will release the identity of the suspect after they have notified next of kin.

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