Officer-involved shooting in Mesa leaves one man injured

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by Tami Hoey

Video report by Jaime Cerreta

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Updated Thursday, May 22 at 7:13 PM

MESA, Ariz. -- A man was taken to the hospital Monday evening after he was injured in an officer-involved shooting in Mesa.

No officers were hurt in the exchange of gunfire.

It happened around 6 p.m. near Stapley and McKellips. Police got a call about an armed man walking near a strip mall.

When officers arrived at the scene, they located a man with a shotgun behind a business. They said he was not cooperative with police when officers tried to talk to him.

"Officers obviously maintained coverage of the building from the safety of their vehicles and began to give commands," said Mesa police Detective Steve Berry. "The subject was not compliant with those commands. At some point during that exchange of information between the officers trying to get the subject to comply, the suspect did discharge that weapon."

Berry said the suspect fired at least two rounds from the shotgun, striking the back wall of the vacant office building. Two Mesa officers fired back and the suspect was hit.

The man was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were considered serious but not life-threatening. Police have not been able to interview him yet to determine a motive.

No officers or bystanders were injured in the incident.

 

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