Man shot dead by DPS officers 'probably' suspect in 2 homicides
DPS vehicles close off eastbound U.S. Highway 60 in Tempe after an officer-involved shooting early Monday morning. (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation)
Andrew Rael (Source: Buckeye Police Department)
(Source: Colorado Department of Corrections)
TEMPE, AZ (CBS5) -
The man shot dead by Arizona Department of Public Safety officers early Monday morning was "probably" the same man who shot and killed two people, one in Buckeye and another in Glendale, police officials from Tempe and Glendale said.
The suspect, identified as Andrew Rael, was shot after a chase by Buckeye police and DPS officers, and after the tires on a gray Jaguar sedan he was driving were punctured about 3:15 a.m. on U.S. Highway 60 near Priest Drive in Tempe.
Rael was recently released from a Colorado prison.
Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman Doug Nick on Tuesday said the conditions of Rael's parole were to report monthly, stay out of trouble, not take any drugs and continue his landscaping job.
Nick said there was no indication he had been doing anything wrong, and that he appeared to be in compliance with conditions of parole until last weekend.
Glendale and Tempe police said the suspect also matched the description of the gunman who shot and killed a convenience store employee at the AMPM store at 99th and Glendale avenues about 1:45 a.m. Monday.
The victim was identified as Daniel Scott White, 26, of Glendale.
Officers said no firm confirmation of a connection to this case can be made until all the evidence and forensics have been analyzed.
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