Arizona: 1 officer killed, 1 hurt by suspect in stolen car

This photo provided by Chandler Police Department shows Officer Christopher Farrar.   A suspect in a stolen car hit two officers, killing Farrar and critically injuring the other, during a wild chase in Arizona, involving gunfire and multiple law enforcement agencies, authorities said Thursday, April 30, 2021. (Chandler Police Department via AP)
This photo provided by Chandler Police Department shows Officer Christopher Farrar. A suspect in a stolen car hit two officers, killing Farrar and critically injuring the other, during a wild chase in Arizona, involving gunfire and multiple law enforcement agencies, authorities said Thursday, April 30, 2021. (Chandler Police Department via AP)

GILBERT, Ariz. – A felon in a stolen car struck and killed one police officer and critically injured another during a wild chase that temporarily shut down a municipal airport in one Phoenix suburb before ending at a car dealership in another, authorities said Friday.

The chase late Thursday night resulted in the death of Chandler Police Officer Christopher Farrar and left Gilbert police Officer Rico Aranda hospitalized in critical condition with a severe head injury, their departments said.

“Chris was struck and killed by a violent felon in a stolen vehicle following a multi-agency shooting and pursuit,” Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan said Friday.

Farrar had served on the force for 18 years and was currently part of the K-9 unit. His numerous commendations over the years included the Medal of Honor in 2004, the Community Service Award in 2009 and four Lifesaving Awards, Chandler police said.

Aranda, who has been with his department since July 2018, remained in critical but stable condition Friday and has shown signs of improvement, Gilbert police said in a statement.

The suspect stole a vehicle and tried to drive away from a Ford dealership as four state troopers and three Pinal County sheriff's deputies fired at him, Gilbert police said.

The suspect, whose identity was not released, was taken into custody and transported to a hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening, Gilbert police said.

Details on his injuries weren't released. Chandler police described him as a “violent felon” but didn't provide any additional details.