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Armed man arrested after Ariz. Mall standoff

January 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Undercover Chandler police officers were involved in a shooting exchange with an armed suspect in a Chandler, Ariz., mall Wednesday afternoon.Officers in body armor and helmets surrounded a Baja Fresh restaurant in or nearby the mall after a shooting exchange with undercover Chandler police officers inside the mall. After the shooting exchange, the suspect went into the restaurant.

The suspect surrendered to authorities after a standoff that lasted about two hours.

The suspect was not identified.

Police were searching the mall for a second unidentified suspect.

Upscale mall Chandler Fashion Center was evacuated shortly after noon when the shooting exchange occurred. Shoppers and employees were directed to wait outside while the situation unfolded. State police officers blocked access to the mall.

No injuries were reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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