Crime spree, high-speed chase end with dead suspect, fiery crash in Phoenix

Police have identified the suspect and victim in Wednesday’s crime spree that led to a high-speed chase in North Phoenix.

PHOENIX - An all-day crime spree ended in the death of a murder suspect on Wednesday. The suspect led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen yellow Corvette, before crashing and being shot to death.

The whole string of events began Wednesday morning at the scene of a murder in an Ahwatukee condo, near 48th Street and Elliot Road. Officers say drugs were suspected to have been a factor.

Police say 40-year-old Nathan Cahal was the victim found shot to death.

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Police identified the murder suspect as 25-year-old Todd Munson -- linking him to numerous crimes across the Valley Wednesday.

According to police, shortly after being identified as the murder suspect, detectives spotted Munson walking on a sidewalk near 67th Avenue and Bell Road in Glendale.

He ran from police, jumped over a wall into an apartment complex and may have shot himself in the leg, police say.

Police say Munson stole a car at gunpoint and attempted to steal another before taking a white pickup truck.

A short time later, police say Munson stole the Corvette at a Barber Shop near 7th Avenue and Union Hills Drive. Before he stole the Corvette, police say he crashed the stolen pickup truck into the shop, completely destroying the business.

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Munson drove the fast car to a convenience store parking lot near Tatum Boulevard and Union Hills Drive where he attempted to steal the cellphones of two people at gunpoint, according to police. He eventually took the cellphone of a woman in front of a home near 43rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road. 

Munson attempted to steal the cellphone of another person while stopped at a red light, but drove off before doing so, police say.

The high-speed chase involved dangerous speeds and wrong-way driving. Officers used an unmarked vehicle to put an end to the wild ride -- crashing the yellow Corvette into a traffic light pole. One of the responding officers suffered minor injuries in the collision, according to police.

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Officers ended up firing on Munson, killing him after police say he pointed his weapon at an officer. The Corvette was seen on fire shortly after the incident ended.

Police say a semi-automatic handgun was found inside the suspect's vehicle.

No bystanders were hurt during the deadly chase.

The family of the victim, Cahal, sent this statement to 12 News:

Our family including his father, brothers, uncles and aunts are heartbroken over this tragedy. We hope and pray no other family ever has to face such a loss as this. We are grateful for the work of law enforcement and request privacy at this difficult time for our family.

WATCH: Car chase ends with crash

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