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The Latest: Police: Theft victim may have fired at vehicle

June 5, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a reported carjacking and freeway closure (all times local):

10:20 a.m.

A Phoenix freeway has reopened after being closed while authorities investigated a reported vehicle theft that police say may have involved shots fired by the theft victim.

Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson says the theft suspect was later taken into custody in Chandler where the stolen vehicle was found.

Thompson says the suspect was on foot on the Loop 202 when the incident began and that he started to pound on the hood of a vehicle and then got into a fight with that driver.

According to Thompson, another vehicle pulled up and its driver got into an altercation before the suspect stole his vehicle.

Thompson says the second driver may have shot at his own vehicle as the suspect drove it away but that there are no reported injuries from gunfire.

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9:35 a.m.

A freeway in Phoenix is closed as authorities investigate a reported carjacking during the Tuesday morning commute.

Trooper Kameron Lee of the state Department of Public Safety says the incident that closed westbound Loop 202 possibly involved gunfire and is being investigated by Phoenix police, who did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.

Westbound traffic on the freeway was backed up behind the closure and being diverted onto off Loop 202 onto 32nd Street.

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