University City murder suspect caught in Arizona after police chase

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PINAL COUNTY, AZ - A Missouri murder suspect has been captured by Arizona police after a high speed chase Thursday night.  He is suspected of killing a woman in an University City office on Tuesday morning.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says that Michael McAfee, 52, refused to pull over for a traffic stop and led them on a chase on westbound I-10.  Police deployed stop sticks and McAfee crashed his vehicle. He briefly barricaded himself inside before being arrested around 9:30pm.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office took him to jail on charges of first-degree murder and an armed criminal action warrant as well as for fugitive of justice and felony flight. Police in University City had been in coordination with police in several states looking for McAfee.

Keisha Powell, 43, of Northwoods, was found dead inside an office located in University City on Tuesday morning. She had been shot.

Powell and McAfee were involved in a romantic relationship for a number of years, but that had ended at the beginning of 2015 and he had been kicked out of their Northwoods home . Powell had taken out an active order of protection against McAfee according Det. Sgt. Fredrick Lemons with University City Police.

It is believed that McAfee has family in Arizona.  He has a criminal history of burglary and assault.

The investigation is ongoing.