January 6, 2011 / 1:00 AM / 7 years ago

Police arrest Arizona mall shooter, hostages freed

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Police arrested a gunman on Wednesday who fired shots, fled to a shopping mall and then barricaded himself inside a Phoenix valley fast-food restaurant with hostages.

Chandler Police Department spokesman Joe Favazzo said the gunman gave himself up to police. At least two hostages were released unharmed.

“We’ve had a peaceful resolution. No one has been injured,” Favazzo told Reuters.

During the standoff the mall was put on lock down and evacuated. After a thorough search, police stopped looking for a second suspect and allowed the mall to reopen.

Chandler police identified the arrested man as Adam Hernandez. No other details about him were given.

The incident began when a police undercover unit tried to arrest Hernandez, who fled into the Chandler Fashion Square Mall.

It later shifted to a nearby Baja Fresh Mexican Grill restaurant, where Hernandez barricaded himself in with at least two hostages, before surrendering and releasing them.

Police set up road blocks and were directing traffic away from the mall perimeter during the incident.

The U.S. Marshals Service initially identified the suspect as fugitive Daniel Perez, who was wanted for shooting at Arizona Department of Public Safety officers last month. But local police later said it was Hernandez.

Additional reporting by Tim Gaynor and Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Greg McCune and Jerry Norton

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