Gilbert, AZ. – A Chandler Police Officer was killed and a Gilbert Police Officer is in critical condition after a suspect struck them after a lengthy overnight pursuit.

Authorities say 50-year-old Officer Christopher Farrar was struck and killed by a suspect in a stolen vehicle on Thursday night.  Farrar was an 18-year-veteran with the Chandler Police Department and was assigned to the K-9 unit.

Chandler Police Department Chief Sean Duggan said, “This is a very difficult time for our department and really the entire Chandler community… Chris was struck and killed by a violent felon in a stolen vehicle following a multi-agency shooting and pursuit.”

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A Gilbert Police  spokesperson said the incident began in Eloy when a Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy pursued the vehicle and the suspect starting shooting at deputies.

The chase continued into Maricopa County and eventually into Chandler, where the suspect drove through a gate at the Chandler Regional Airport, causing air traffic to be halted.  The suspect drove out of the airport and to a car dealership where he stole a new vehicle.

While driving the stolen vehicle, the suspect struck Officer Farrar and the Gilbert Police Officer.  Officer Farrar was transported to a local hospital where he died.  The Gilbert officer, who has not been identified, is in critical condition.

Police say the suspect was taken into custody after an officer involved shooting. The suspect’s condition and identity has not yet been released.

This is an ongoing investigation.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Farrar’s family, department, and community.  We wish a speedy recovery to the Gilbert officer as well.