Let’s take a break from the Ferguson riots and hear some good news for a change. In Arizona, a carjacker forced a female driver out of her car and threw her to the ground. A neighbor then attempted to stop the driver but the carjacker drove off. I know; it doesn’t sound good so far. But then, that neighbor’s husband ran out and shot at the fleeing carjacker several times, hitting the driver. The driver made it a few blocks away before running into a wall and a tree. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Fox 10 Phoenix reported:
Phoenix police say the 29-year-old suspect, whose name is not being released, approached a 66-year-old victim at her home as she pulled into her driveway.
“He asked if he could borrow the phone, she said no because she didn’t know who he was, apparently he grabbed her and threw her out of the car and on the ground,” said Sgt. Tommy Thompson.
According to police, the woman’s neighbors — a married couple — tried to intervene.
The 63-year-old wife opened the passenger side door and when the suspect pulled away, police say she was hit by the car and her head was injured. Her 66-year-old husband, according to detectives, reached for his gun and shot the suspect.
The suspect drove away before crashing in the area of 24th Street and Thomas Road. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The carjacking victim and the couple involved asked for media privacy, but many of their neighbors tell me they’re good people who always look out for one another.
“The other guy died and I feel so bad for them because I think they are very good people,” said Gonzalez. “This is a very nice neighborhood; sometimes bad things happen.”
It’s unclear at this time if the suspect died from gun shot wounds or the impact of the crash.
Police say the investigation will be submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for review, but at this time, the neighbor is not facing any charges in the shooting.
It looks like this particular carjacker chose the wrong neighborhood. He should have gone to a gun-free zone. If he had, he’d probably still be alive today.