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Police kill Chandler man after car, foot chase

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Posted: Thursday, March 18, 2004 12:21 pm | Updated: 6:22 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

A 22-year-old Chandler man was shot and killed late Wednesday in Mesa by an undercover gang officer after the suspect pulled a gun in a foot chase, authorities said.

Jason Robles was pronounced dead in the 1600 block of West Naranja Avenue, near Guadalupe Road and Longmore.

About 11 p.m., two undercover detectives in an unmarked car saw a Honda Civic and a Honda Prelude racing near McQueen Road and Guadalupe Road and they tried to stop the Prelude, said Mesa detective Tim Gaffney.

The Prelude fled west on Guadalupe, and the detectives backed off, but continued following the car, Gaffney said.

The Prelude continued west on Guadalupe, even after running a red light and being involved in a hit-and-run crash at Alma School Road, Gaffney said. No one was hurt in the crash, he said.

The car eventually turned north on Longmore, then west on Naranja before stopping.

The three men inside the car jumped out, and the driver, Mario E. Jimenez, 18, of Mesa was arrested after a short chase, Gaffney said.

Robles was chased by the other detective.

"As the officer began closing the distance, the suspect turned around and pointed a gun directly at the officer," Gaffney said. "The officer feared for his safety at that point and fired multiple rounds at the suspect."

The Prelude was reported stolen after the shooting, Gaffney said.

Officers are searching for the third man. Jimenez was arrested on suspicion of auto theft, leaving the scene of a noninjury crash, possession of burglary tools and reckless driving, Gaffney said.

Maricopa County Superior Court records show that Robles pleaded guilty on Jan. 16 to theft of means of transportation, trafficking in stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia. Warrants were issued for Robles on Feb. 27 after he failed to appear for sentencing.

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