Alleged suicidal suspect surrenders during barricade situation

Alleged suicidal suspect surrenders during barricade situation

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MESA, Ariz. -

A standoff came to a peaceful end in the east valley after a police pursued a suspect Monday morning.  The man was eventually taking into custody in Mesa after negotiating with officers.

"A pursuit started down in south Gilbert around 8 a.m., got up to speeds of approximately 100 miles per hour and ended here where he barricaded himself in the car," explained Gilbert Police Sgt. Jesse Sanger.

Police say the suspect was suicidal and apparently threatened to hurt himself and girlfriend over the weekend.  Officers say the man showed up at his girlfriends's work at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, but was gone by the time they arrived at the scene. 

The suspect was eventually spotted by police nearby and led police on a pursuit that ended near the U.S. 60 and Mesa Drive where he barricaded himself in his car for about an hour.

"He did make threats in a countdown to shoot himself during a couple of different points in time, but luckily through negotiations," said Sanger.  "He did turn himself in to police and he was taken into custody without incident."

Brent Farley took a photo as the suspect was being taken into custody.

"I stopped and heard the big bang where they set tear gas to the back window of the car and as I was standing right there, they were bringing the suspect out," said Farley.

The suspect has been identified as 25-year-old Brandon Gonzaga.  Police say they found a shotgun and a handgun in his car.

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