Teen shot at by police after threats, holding knife to girl

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

MESA, Ariz. – An 18-year-old man is under arrest for allegedly threatening to shoot officers and a 14-year-old girl.

Police say they received a call at about 5 p.m. Friday from a Mesa complex from someone complaining about a bunch of teenagers smoking marijuana in an apartment near Gilbert and Southern roads.

Officers arrived on scene and say the suspect confronted the officers and threatened to kill them. He then went back inside the apartment and broke the apartment window.

The suspect then threw a stereo, chair and bottles at officers. He also allegedly held a 14-year-old girl who was in the apartment to the window and threatened to kill her.

Det. Mike Melendez, with Mesa police, says, He holds a knife to her throat standing at the window threatening to kill her. The victim is screaming for help. At that point one of our officers fires at the suspect...suspect retreats back into the apartment."

The SWAT team moved in and used tear gas and shot bean bags at the suspect who eventually surrendered.

Police discovered the 14-year-old was a runaway. She was rescued and returned home.

The 18-year-old suspect, whose name has not been released, is reportedly a gang member and was both high on drugs and drunk at the time of his arrest.