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Gilbert officer injured during deadly pursuit ‘responding well to treatment’

Gilbert Officer Rico Aranda, left, was seriously injured and Chandler Officer Christopher Farrar was killed in the line of duty April 29, 2021. (Gilbert Police Department and Chandler Police Department Photos)

PHOENIX – The Gilbert police officer who was severely injured during the incident in which a Chandler officer was killed last week is “responding well to treatment,” authorities said Monday.

The Gilbert Police Department said in a statement that it was “encouraged” by Officer Rico Aranda’s progress since he suffered a serious head injury Thursday night.

“We are happy to report that he is responding well to treatment and we expect him to be transferred within a couple days out of ICU and into neurological treatment and recovery,” the statement said.

Aranda was injured and Chandler Officer Christopher Farrar was killed while they took part in the pursuit of a suspect who authorities say fired shots at a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy while fleeing from a traffic stop near Eloy.

Authorities from multiple agencies pursued the suspect, 25-year-old Jonathan Altland Jr., into metro Phoenix and eventually to a Gilbert car dealership, where he allegedly stole a vehicle and used it to hit Farrar and knock a parked vehicle into Aranda.

Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies and Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers helped take Altland into custody, authorities said.

Altland was hospitalized with injuries not considered life-threatening. He was booked with bond set at $3 million.

Aranda has been with the Gilbert Police Department for nearly three years. The Gilbert Police Leadership Association opened a GoFundMe account to benefit his family.

A public viewing for Farrar will be held Friday evening at Compass Christian Church in Chandler, with a memorial service set there for Saturday morning.

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