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Pair convicted in Phoenix jewelry store heist

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Two men have been convicted in the armed robbery of a Phoenix jewelry store and a freeway shooting during a police chase.

Maricopa County prosecutors say jurors on Thursday found 27-year-old Adan J. Orduno and 26-year-old Jonathan Jesse Corrales guilty in the October 2011 case.

Corrales was convicted of armed robbery, theft, unlawful flight, aggravated assault, attempted first-degree murder, misconduct involving weapons and drive-by shooting.

Orduno was found guilty of the same charges plus one count of unlawful flight. He escaped from his cell in a Phoenix jail in November 2012 before being apprehended hours later.

Officers said a man entered a jewelry store at 4500 East Thomas Rd. on Oct. 28 and asked to view some of the merchandise on display. Once he obtained some items, he asked for some more, police said. The employees suspected he might flee with the jewelry, so they didn't give him any more. 

One of the employees was able to lock the front door before the suspect made his escape. The man then retrieved a gun, shot out the front window and escaped. Corrales shot at pursuing officers. 

A short time later, officers located the getaway vehicle in the area of 12th Street and attempted to stop it but the driver failed to yield. Officers then chased the vehicle.

The suspects fled through the neighborhood and ultimately made it to the southbound access road to State Route 51 at Thomas Road. As officers rounded the corner, one of the suspects was leaning out the passenger side of the vehicle. The man fired multiple rounds from a shotgun at the pursuing officers.

A lone officer behind the suspect's vehicle had to pull over after the windshield and front bumper of his Chevy Tahoe was struck by gunfire, police said. The officer suffered a minor injury.

The second vehicle occupied by two officers was not struck by gunfire, but due to a mechanical failure they were unable to continue their pursuit and stopped to render aid to the first officer.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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