Police officers and firefighters discovered a dead body in the trunk of a burning car abandoned after a police chase Thursday morning, authorities said.

Officers were called to Cave Creek Road and Union Hills Drive about 3:30 a.m. for a report of a person pointing a gun at someone.

Officers found a vehicle and attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled, according to Sgt. Vince Lewis, a Phoenix police spokesman.

Officers again found the car around 23rd Street and Grovers Avenue. The car had caught fire and the occupants were gone, Lewis said.

Phoenix firefighters helped extinguish the fire and found a dead body in the trunk, Lewis said.

The identity of the victim was not immediately known.

An investigation was continuing.

An interactive map of Maricopa County homicides in 2017

The map below shows homicides reported by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s office and police agencies in 2017. The location of each homicide is approximate. For more information, use the map’s layer toggle (on the right) to switch from an animated heat map to a static point map with more information. Mobile users: Click here to see the map.

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Source: Police agencies, Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office, Republic research || Credit: Megan Cassidy, Will Flannigan



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