- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - An ex-convict with an extensive criminal past was out on bail pending another felony case when he was fatally shot by a Phoenix police officer while driving a stolen vehicle in the heart of downtown, authorities said Wednesday.

Craig Uran, 26, was shot once Tuesday by a SWAT officer when authorities say he failed to stop after being rammed by an armored police vehicle, putting bystanders in the area at risk.

Earlier Tuesday morning, Uran pointed a handgun at a detective as the officer followed the suspect who was driving a stolen truck, police said.

He later drove into an underground parking garage in downtown Phoenix where police say he and an accomplice carjacked an SUV from a woman, telling her he had a gun.

Uran was shot and killed outside the garage as he attempted to flee in the stolen vehicle.

State Department of Corrections records indicate Uran was released from prison in May 2012 after being incarcerated in 2009 on a 3.5 year sentence for convictions on theft of means of transportation and felony weapons possession.

Uran’s criminal record also included a prior conviction for a drive-by shooting, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday.

At the time of his death, Uran was awaiting trial on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm but had been released on $1,800 bail on Nov. 6.

“So he was out on bail with a violent criminal past,” and facing a lengthy prison sentence, given his previous convictions, Montgomery said.

In light of Uran’s release and what happened Tuesday, Montgomery said his office will begin reviewing its plea policies for offenders with extensive criminal histories “taking into account not just present but future risk to the community.”

He said his office will work hard to ensure that prosecutors have all pertinent previous criminal history details when appearing for bail hearings and provide that information to judges.

Montgomery said he couldn’t say whether the prosecutor in the pending case had all the information regarding Uran’s criminal history when the judge granted bail.

“I’m not saying the release conditions that were imposed were wrong,” he said. “What I am saying, that in looking back now, these are some factors that I want to make sure were highlighted.”

Police said Jessica Leanne Hicks, 23, of Phoenix, was a passenger in the stolen vehicle with Uran at the time he was shot.

Hicks, who doesn’t have a lawyer, faces charges of armed robbery and first-degree murder.

A judge on Wednesday ordered her held in lieu of $270,000 bail, an amount that prompted her to gasp.

“There’s no way I can be released? I was kidnapped,” she said during an initial appearance.

Police say Hicks was not only a passenger in the stolen truck when Uran pointed a gun at the detective, but that she actively participated in the parking garage carjacking.

Court records indicate Hicks also faces another hearing on a probation violation after she pleaded guilty to a drug charge in September.

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