CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — A man suspected of shooting an off-duty Casa Grande officer and a civilian police employee who was his estranged wife died of an apparent self-inflicted wound after a brief freeway standoff with agents with a U.S. Marshals Service task force, authorities said Wednesday.
Juan Pablo Rodriguez-Fregoso, 37, of Casa Grande, was suspected of shooting his estranged wife and the male officer she was driving with about 10 a.m. Wednesday along a roadway near a Casa Grande subdivision called Villago. He apparently killed himself Wednesday afternoon inside a vehicle on the Loop 202 freeway in Mesa, Casa Grande police spokesman Thomas Anderson said.
U.S. Marshals were following Rodriguez-Fregoso on the freeway bout 3 p.m. when he suddenly stopped, Mesa police spokesman Nik Rasheta said. Deputy marshals tried to contact him, breaking a window in his car before discovering he was dead.
Corporal Robert Price, 40, and Yvette Rodriguez, 39, were flown to Phoenix-area hospitals. Price was in intensive care after surgery, but his condition was stable, and Rodriguez was in fair condition, Anderson said. Price had multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and a leg, while Rodriguez was shot once in the upper back.
The shooting near a normally quiet Casa Grande neighborhood brought out an intense law enforcement presence, with local, state and federal officers flooding the community in the search for Rodriguez-Fregoso.
Four schools were placed on lockdown after the shooting as a safety precaution, but that order was later lifted.
Yvette Rodriguez had filed for divorce from her husband on Tuesday, The Casa Grande Dispatch reported.