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Blue Alert canceled after man who allegedly dragged officer surrenders

Allen Pedro

Allen Pedro

CHANDLER, Ariz. — The Arizona Department of Public Safety has canceled a Blue Alert for a man who allegedly dragged a Chandler police officer behind his car and fled onto the Gila River Reservation.

According to Chandler Police, 27-year-old Allen Pedro turned himself in Wednesday after hiding out for nearly 48 hours.

Police say the dragging incident occurred when Pedro was pulled over on a traffic stop around 4:15 Monday afternoon near the intersection of Arizona Avenue and Riggs Road.

During the stop police say Pedro fled, dragging one of the two officers with him for a short distance before crossing into the reservation. One of the officers fired at Pedro and his vehicle, but it is unknown if the suspect fired back. The dragged officer sustained injuries that were not life threatening.

According to DPS officials, Pedro then abandoned his vehicle along State Route 587, about half a mile south of Hunt Highway.

A 41-year-old woman was also in the vehicle with Pedro and was taken into custody without incident. The woman had warrants in two counties for failure to appear and possession of marijuana but will not face charges related to Pedro's alleged actions.

A Blue Alert provides the means to speed the apprehension of violent criminals who kill or injures local, state, or federal law enforcement officers.

Pedro, who also had outstanding warrants, now faces multiple charges including aggravated assault.


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