Sgt. Daniel Mejia, a Chandler police spokesman, talks about a situation that began at a Super 8 motel on May 12, 2017.
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A motel-arson and shooting suspect who shot himself Friday after hiding out in a nearby bakery has died from his injuries, Chandler police said Saturday morning.
Nathan Daniel Griffis, 37, shot himself inside the Holsum Bakery outlet in the 7200 block of West Detroit Street on Friday afternoon after police said Griffis may have set a fire inside a nearby Super 8 motel room.
Witnesses reported seeing an armed Griffis leave the motel at about 11:25 a.m., police said. He reportedly pointed a handgun at several people and fired multiple rounds while fleeing the scene. One round struck a passing vehicle, said Sgt. Daniel Mejia, a Chandler police spokesman.
Police officers attempted to contact Griffis, who fled to the bakery about a half-mile away from the motel.
Authorities established a perimeter around the bakery and contained Griffis inside. He was found a short time later with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
Griffis was taken to the hospital in critical condition and died Saturday morning.
Mejia said no one else was injured at either crime scene.
Police said Griffis was also an investigative lead in a May 10 Mesa arson, burglary and vehicle theft. A bulletin from Mesa police reported Griffis may have stolen handguns and a 1997 Freightliner from a residence in the 6000 block of East Evergreen Street before setting the home on fire.
Mesa police warned the public he was not to be approached and that he “is known to be suicidal and possibly armed.”
The 37-year-old had previous convictions in Maricopa and Navajo counties in 2013. He served two concurrent prison sentences on theft and unlawful means of transportation charges. Griffis was released in March 2015.
Chandler police said Friday’s shooting and arson are still an active investigation.
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