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Deputy Involved Shooting Update
Posted: 1/14/2014 12:00 AM
On Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:42 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office was requested by the Eloy Police Department to assist with a pursuit involving a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was a Toyota Corolla which was reported stolen out of Casa Grande last evening.

Eloy Police officers and deputies from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office pursued the vehicle. Stop Sticks were used as they attempted to try to stop the vehicle to end the pursuit. During the pursuit the suspect rammed a patrol vehicle while attempting to get away.

Information was provided that the driver of the vehicle was armed and he said he “wouldn’t be taken alive.”

The pursuit which lasted nearly 40 minutes ended when the driver of the stolen vehicle crashed into another patrol vehicle. The suspect exited the vehicle and refused to obey verbal commands as he yelled profanities at the deputies. Deputies ordered him to the ground and he refused to comply.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Officers and deputies attempted to use less lethal means to take him into custody including firing several beanbag rounds and Taser deployments. The suspect refused to obey commands and suddenly reached back into the vehicle. A deputy felt the suspect was reaching for the gun he reportedly had, so he then fired two rounds from his department issued patrol rifle.”

The suspect Manuel Orosco Longoria (age 40 of Mesa) was hit twice by the bullets fired by the deputy. The suspect was treated at the scene and transported to Casa Grande Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The Eloy Police Department will be handling the pursuit and stolen vehicle investigation. The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office will be investigating the deputy involved shooting portion.

The deputy involved in the shooting is assigned to our patrol division and is a 5 ½ year veteran and has been recognized numerous times for exemplary performance and heroism.
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Jim Knupp

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