Police in hot pursuit of two murder suspects has come to a deadly end in La Paz County.  According to La Paz County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Curt Bagby, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office in California alerted authorities to two murder suspects heading toward Arizona.  The suspects were spotted in Blythe,

California traveling at a high rate of speed and allegedly shooting at passing motorists.  The pursuit continued in Ehrenberg, Arizona where a Quartzsite Police Officer tossed out “spike strips” in an attempt to stop the suspects.  The suspects shot at the officer while driving over the spike strips and lost control of the car when all four tires went flat.  The officer was not hurt, but the suspects ran from their car into the desert.  

Officers from the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, Blythe Police Department, Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Quartzsite Police Department went after the suspects. 

One suspect surrendered and the second suspect, who is only being identified as a woman, pulled out a gun and threatened officers.  A deputy from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office opened fire on the suspect who was pronounced dead at the scene.  

The surviving suspect has been identified as Victor Silva from Greenbrae, California.  He was booked into the La Paz County Detention Facility on several felony charges and will await extradition to California for multiple felonies including homicide.  The name of the deceased suspect is being withheld until the family has been notified.

Bagby says “the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office is still attempting to identify witnesses or victims of the multiple shootings that occurred during the pursuit along I-10.″  Anyone with information is asked to call Riverside County Sheriff at 760-863-8990 or the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office at 928-669-6141.”

Kris Dugan