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High-speed chase ends after suspects slam car into Phoenix home


PHOENIX — Two suspects led police on a high-speed car chase through Phoenix on Tuesday.

The police chase started around noon.

The vehicle involved was a white SUV.

The car also drove on the light rail tracks at one point.

The chase caused at least one car accident, but it did not involve the suspect vehicle.

Authorities used stop sticks to deflate the tires.

The chase ended after the vehicle crashed into a home near 27th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

Video of the crash showed two people escape the vehicle after the crash.

A female suspect, who was later identified as 24-year-old Laura Dagnino, was taken into custody. She was booked on two counts of armed robbery and two counts of motor vehicle theft.

A male suspect, who was later identified as 27-year-old Jairo Adair Contreras Quinter, was later taken into custody after hiding out for some time in the attic of a nearby home.

He was booked on two counts of armed robbery, three counts of motor vehicle theft, one count of weapons violation, one count of killing/harming a working service animal, one count of animal cruel intentional mistreatment, one count of fleeing a law enforcement vehicle and one count of burglary.

Police said the pair stole at least two cars on Tuesday.

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams told reporters that the male suspect pointed a gun at both of the carjacking victims.

It was not clear whether he shot at officers.

A K9 officer named Bane was killed after police sent him into the home to get the suspect out.

Bane, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, served on the department for a little over a year, police said.

The dog’s cause of death was still being determined.

The male suspect was transferred to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“The violence against police has got to stop,” Williams said. “This is the 17th officer-involved shooting, the 17th incident that didn’t have to happen.

“We need community members to help us help others make better choices.”

Bennett Academy Middle School, a charter school near 29th Avenue and Bethany Home Road, was on lockdown while police searched for the suspect.

KTAR News’ Griselda Zetino contributed to this report. 

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