SUN VALLEY, Ariz. — Arizona DPS troopers traded gunfire with a pair of murder suspects early Friday morning during a cross-state pursuit.
New Mexico State Police alerted DPS that their officers were chasing the suspects around 2:19 a.m. and were nearing the Arizona border through I-40.
As DPS joined the chase, the suspects began firing at authorities from a stolen Dodge Ram pickup. After dodging the gunfire, officers and troopers maintained a safe distance behind the truck as other troopers set up a roadblock ahead of the suspects.
Troopers behind the barricade shot at the truck and disabled it about 11 miles east of Sun Valley, and the suspects, a 37-year-old man and 25-year-old woman, were arrested unhurt.
Despite the gunfire, no officers or people in the area were hurt.
The suspects were wanted for homicide and stealing weapons in Los Angeles and will face more felony charges in Arizona.
“Our state troopers should be commended for their fast thinking and bravery in stopping a lethal threat that entered into our state," said Lt. Colonel Heston Silbert, Deputy Director of AZDPS.
One lane of westbound I-40 westbound was reopened as of 1 p.m. Friday.
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