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PD: Suspect in Tempe murder shoots, kills himself

John Brazel (Source: Tempe Police Department) John Brazel (Source: Tempe Police Department)

An intense search for a suspected killer is over.

Tempe police said John Brazel, 33, shot himself Friday morning as officers were closing in on him.

He was accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend on Tuesday in Tempe and wounding his neighbor.

The double shooting occurred Tuesday in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 900 block of East Diamond Drive.

The neighbor who was injured saw a man and a woman arguing and tried to intervene when the suspect got physically aggressive with the woman.

Police say Brazel allegedly shot the woman and then the neighbor before fleeing in his vehicle, which was found Wednesday evening in Mesa.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the neighbor taken to a Tempe hospital.

Police said on Thursday, Brazel stole a 2004 Dodge dually pickup truck from the 26000 block of North Mitchell Trail outside of Florence. Law enforcement officers from across the area were searching for Brazel who was considered armed and extremely dangerous.

On Friday at about 1:45 a.m., the Marana Police Department got in a pursuit with the vehicle and requested backup support from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, the Department of Public Safety and the Eloy Police Department.

Brazel was heading westbound on Interstate 10 at speeds of more than 110 miles per hour.

Brazel eventually got off I-10 north on Highway 87 where law enforcement lost track of him. Soon after, two security guards reported the stolen vehicle at the Salt River Project (SRP) electrical plant in the 800 block of South Eleven Mile Corner Road, between Casa Grande and Eloy.

When deputies arrived, it appeared Brazel was talking on a phone. Brazel didn't listen to the officers' commands and he then got back into the stolen vehicle. Deputies heard a single gunshot and then confirmed Brazel shot himself in the head. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he died.

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