Carjacker Shot and Killed by Police in Downtown Phoenix

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A Phoenix police officer shot and killed a man Tuesday outside CityScape.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, detectives near 21st Avenue and Dunlap ran a records check Tuesday on the license plate of a truck listed as stolen. The detectives started following the truck, occupied by Craig Uran, 26, and Jessica Hicks, 23, when Uran made a U-turn, and pointed a gun at one of the detectives.

Uran started driving through neighborhoods in an effort to lose the tail, but a police helicopter ended up taking over surveillance of the truck. Uran ended up driving downtown, into a parking garage underneath CityScape, at First Avenue and Washington Street.

According to the court documents, Uran drove to the second level of the parking garage, found a woman sitting in her SUV and demanded that she get out of the vehicle. The woman handed over her keys once Uran told her he had a gun.

As soon as Uran and Hicks exited the garage onto Jefferson Street, an armored Phoenix police car rammed the SUV up against a sidewalk.

According to court documents:
Additional police vehicles jumped the light-rail tracks and attempted to pin the SUV to the wall. Uran attempted to accelerate, refusing to follow officers' commands to stop trying to drive away. There were numerous pedestrians on the sidewalk and patrons leaving the Subway [restaurant] just west of where this was happening. A police special-assignments officer, fearing for the lives of bystanders, fired his rifle one time striking and killing Uran.
Police were able to pull Hicks from the car without incident.

According to the documents, Hicks told police she was with Uran "under duress" but admitted to helping Uran carjack the woman just a few minutes before.

Hicks was booked into jail on felony murder and armed-robbery charges. Court records show Uran and Hicks both have criminal records. Uran was released from prison in 2012 after serving a little more than three years for transportation theft and misconduct involving weapons. Hicks took a plea agreement on a drug-paraphernalia charge in September.

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Craig Uran and Jessica Hicks.

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28 comments
klasik
klasik

DORI_FTW looks whos talking you were 20 years old and got her pregnant at 16 and was the one who got her hooked on drugs.... Are you not still on drugs also...

Dori_FTW
Dori_FTW

I have to say it was shocking to hear about this...but not that unexpected from her unfortunately. She's been hard on the meth & H for a couple years now, it's sad to see it come to this but I'm hoping she can finally get her head straight & get sober. I worry for her little girl, me & the boys never got to meet her (actually just found out about her). It's crazy to think someone so close to you could do something like this. Not looking forward to the day the kiddos find out what other mommy did & why she isn't around :( I guess it'll be a good reason for them not to do drugs....not much of a consolation prize if you ask me.

Nicholas Cage Nieto
Nicholas Cage Nieto

And he forced their hand to do so. Let's not forget everything that happened up to that point.

Rita Mary
Rita Mary

It's all in how you write the story. These high jackers were not nice people but another police chase might have also caused more civilian casualties then cornering the crooks. Might it have been handled without causing death? We weren't there. Just recently 2 officers were shot, one killed. I'm sure that was on their minds as well when they decided to shoot the driver who said he had a gun. The situation was a tough call. What would you have done?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

If they had let him get away, he would have endangered many more people.

You have to think these things through, not just jump to the first conclusion that makes the authorities look bad.


FRONTERA
FRONTERA

      Ever since Chief Garcia has taken office , PHOENIX  PD. shootings are up , year over year,by 80 %  .  " HOUSTON WE GOT A PROBLEM " ...

Kyle Hague
Kyle Hague

well... apparently they forced him onto the sidewalk into a crowd of pedestrians.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Another one bites the dust. Good work officers! And by the way have you seen the news that Arizona can now ask for proof of citizenship to vote. Good ruling.

Nicholas Cage Nieto
Nicholas Cage Nieto

Well, to be fair, the perpetrator recklessly evaded the police and then carjacked someone. Not to mention, he did all of this while brandishing a firearm. As unfortunate as the outcome was, I wouldn't go as far as saying that they "forced" him into anything.

Roderick Mack
Roderick Mack

Why don't they show these police chases on TV like they do in Los Angeles??!!

marcy
marcy

Here is the dead scumbag's Facebook page:


https://www.facebook.com/craiguran


Looks like a scumbag off the old scumbag block. 


Here is the skank's Facebook page, probably won't be doing a lot of updates from prison.  At least she's young so she'll get the pleasure of wasting her youth locked in a cell.




marcy
marcy

Good shooting, too bad the worthless skank didn't meet the same fate.  Mandatory tubal ligation for her before she breeds (again?).

Kyle Hague
Kyle Hague

so after ramming a vehicle with an armed criminal up onto the sidewalk near a crowd of people, the officers decided the criminal was the one endangering the bystanders? It sounds like they forced him into situation that would legitimize them killing him.

Nathan Ricci
Nathan Ricci

Jack a car... Get shot. It's pretty simple. I'm just sorry the person in the car didn't have a gun for them self to shoot the guy.

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

Valley cops continue their killing spree, going for another record it looks like. Meanwhile, violence against cops is at its lowest level since 1887. No kidding. 1887. That's not a typo.

Josh Skora
Josh Skora

Dammit Joe beat me to the meth comment lol

Sean Davis
Sean Davis

Dead... Zero recidivism... Perfect.

Larin Christensen
Larin Christensen

Wow. I was there last night working out at Golds Gym and parked in that garage! Glad they caught the asshole and I wasn't the girl the got car jacked :(

UraHack
UraHack

How is Hicks being charged with murder charges?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  well thats odd Robert.............where were you with those comments when Garrett Peterson was in a barricade situation pointing a gun at his fellow officers?? (that was the 1st high speed chase he was in, in just a couple days)............and just what exactly does proof of citizenship have to do with this story?? you do realize the guy was white right?? 

CarlOrcas
CarlOrcas

@UraHack -

The felony murder rule. She can be charged with murder for any death that occurs during the crime.

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