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Apr 2, 2014 7:32 PM

SWAT standoff with suspect who took hostages ends

ORO VALLEY - A suspect who barricaded himself in an Oro Valley home where he held a woman hostage has killed himself, Pima County Sheriff's deputies said.

The 36-year-old man led deputies on a chase through the Rancho Vistoso neighborhood in Oro Valley after he fled from a traffic stop, Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy Tracy Suitt said.

Just after 10 p.m., the man was stopped for a traffic violation. After initially stopping, the driver sped off to nearby Oro Valley Hospital and ditched the car, Suitt said. A woman passenger ran into hospital, while the driver fled on foot. The woman was arrested by deputies at the hospital.

The suspect ran west towards a home on Mount Bigelow Road at around 11 p.m. The suspect tried to get in that home but ran after the alarm went off. He ran to a second house in the area and broke the back window's glass, setting off the alarm.

The homeowner's son was playing video games downstairs at the time and was the first to see the suspect. The suspect pointed his two guns at the boy and asked where the car keys were. The suspect ran for the car, which was parked in the garage and tried to flee but deputies were already there. The suspect tried to ram the vehicle through the garage but was blocked by the deputies.

At that point, deputies had broke down the front door in pursuit of the suspect. The suspect fled through the back window and fired one shot at the deputy.

The suspect was able to escape where he broke into a third home, Suitt said. Two people inside the home managed to escape but the suspect, armed and naked, took a third woman hostage. The woman was eventually released at around 5 a.m. She was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Neighbors reported seeing SWAT throw flashbangs in the house at around 7:30 a.m.

Pima County Bomb Squad went through the suspect's vehicle because dynamite, weapons and other explosives were found.

The suspect was being tracked by Pima County Sheriff's deputies on suspicion of dealing heroin to a person who recently overdosed, sources tell News 4 Tucson.was in a standoff with Pima County SWAT for nearly 12 hours in a home near Tangerine and Rancho Vistoso.


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