SACATON — A suspect who fled and caused school and office security lockdowns on the Gila River Indian Community has been taken into custody, tribal police said.
The lockdowns took place on Tuesday afternoon at Gila Crossing Community School North Campus, the Komatke Health Center area and the District 6 Service Center, lasting for approximately two hours. The Gila River Police Department shared a Facebook post alerting the citizens of the lockdowns at around 2 p.m.
Brandon Talamantez, 24, was wanted after he allegedly shot and hurt someone, then fled the area of 39th Avenue and Huntington Drive, near Southern Avenue, on Tuesday around 5 a.m. He had allegedly been involved in numerous other crimes that occurred in the community and surrounding jurisdictions, according to GRPD.
On Wednesday afternoon, GRPD shared a press release notifying that the suspect had been caught.
“Gila River Police Department received information that wanted suspect Brandon Talamantez was inside a residence in District 7. Gila River Police surrounded the residence located at 7863 W Monahan Drive. At 11:39 a.m., Gila River Police Special Response Team breached the residence and took Brandon Talamantez and his girlfriend Lindsay Walker into custody without incident,” GRPD said.
According to the press release, both suspects were turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to face federal charges.