24-Year-old vet killed in gun battle with policePosted: Updated:
GLENDALE, Ariz. - "I have to figure out how to undo five years of military training and combat phycosis so I can feal a soul again."
That's what the alleged gunman said on his Facebook page just days before he was involved with a deadly shootout with police.
According to officers, 24-year-old Jeremiah Wilson Pulaski was walking out of Tony's Cocktails, near 59th Avenue and Greenway in Glendale when he got into an argument with another man.
Investigators say Pulaski got his gun and shot the guy once before fleeing the scene on his motorcycle.
Within minutes, Glendale officers responding to the call spotted Pulaski near 51st Avenue and Cactus.
Police Sgt. April Arredondo pulled him over and Pulaski opened fire. Sgt. Arredondo shot back and Pulaski was killed. Witnesses say there was a barrage of bullets.
The man who was shot in the parking lot is listed in serious condition at a nearby hospital. He is expected to survive.
It i still unclear what started the incident but friends of the shooting suspect say Pulaski just returned from overseas and was having a difficult time transitioning back to civilian life. He may have been suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
His Facebook page paints a picture of a man struggling to return to a normal life. There are videos of friends being shot while serving in the army. There are pictures of giant explosions. His status updates say he was going to AA meetings but have a hard time staying sober, "I wish I could sleep like a normal person. Maybe I should just say **** it and start drinking again."
Sgt. Arredondo is a 14-year-veteran