UPDATED: Sept. 19, 12:13 a.m. ET

PHOENIX — A suspect has been arrested in a string of shootings along Phoenix-area freeways that have kept drivers on edge for weeks, state officials said Friday night.

Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said at a press conference late Friday that the man who authorities believe is responsible for what started the spree is in custody.

Great work by @Arizona_DPS investigators and SWAT team. Investigation remains ongoing.

— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) September 19, 2015

A spokesman for Gov. Doug Ducey identified the suspect as 21-year-old Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. who was caught trying to pawn a handgun, according to ABC15 in Phoenix. Merritt was taken into custody around 7 p.m. at a Wal-Mart in Glendale, a suburb west of Phoenix. Read more…

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