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Chase leads to standoff with Mesa PD

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Mesa PD prepares to enter home where suspects are hiding Mesa PD prepares to enter home where suspects are hiding
One of the suspects is led off in handcuffs One of the suspects is led off in handcuffs

The scene in the Salt River Pima Indian Reservation looked like something straight out of a movie Sunday afternoon.

Mesa police had their guns drawn, and police choppers buzzed overhead.

The scene was the end of a chase that began after a couple was arguing just a few miles away.

"Just after 9 a.m., two people were fighting on the canal," explained Detective Steven Barry with Mesa police.

Barry said someone saw the argument, and then saw something else that forced a call to 911.

"At some point, the caller said the male person in that fight displayed a handgun," Barry said.

Officers said the man and woman who had been arguing went back inside a black SUV, which an officer then found at a nearby store.

"When he attempted to contact the vehicle, instead of stopping for the officer (the driver) fled and went north out of our city to the Salt River Pima Indian Community," Barry said.

With the help of a Phoenix police chopper, Mesa police tracked the SUV down to a nearby home.

Neighbor Lisa Miguel said her husband saw and heard a big commotion.

"He saw a truck come by really fast. You could smell burnt rubber from the tires," she explained.

Police said the driver and the passenger went inside a home on the reservation. Investigators said the people inside the home were safely evacuated, and the two suspects were arrested after hiding in a laundry room.

"(It was) a very serious situation. We're very happy it came to a successful conclusion," Barry said.

So are many living in the Salt River Pima Reservation, who had to deal with quite the scene this afternoon.

"It is scary because we don't have a lot of this that goes on around here like this. Especially with Mesa police being involved, you know it's serious. They don't often come out here," Miguel said.

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