Officers shoot man who opened fire at Tolleson barPosted: Updated:
TOLLESON, Ariz. -- A man is in the hospital after police shot him as he opened fire on a group of people, including officers, at a Tolleson bar early Sunday morning.
It happened shortly before closing time at Fuego Bar & Grill at 91st Avenue and Van Buren Street. The bar converts to a club on the weekends.
According to the owner, everybody who goes inside is checked for weapons, but security cannot control what happens once the customers are outside Fuego's doors.
The suspect in Sunday morning's shooting has been identified as Peter Ledesma, The 27-year-old apparently was angry because security had asked him to leave 30 minutes earlier. The owner told 3TV off-camera that Ledesma was making a woman feel uncomfortable.
Mark Bennett was already in his car, ready to leave when bullets started flying. He saw it all.
"There was a gentleman across the street from the bar here, pointing a weapon at the security guards," Bennett said. "He just start shooting at them, like nine, 10 shots," Bennett said.
Nobody was injured.
Ledesma reportedly continued shooting as Tolleson officers arrived on the scene.
Sgt. Obed Gaytan of the Tolleson Police Department said his officers were forced to fire at Ledesma. He was hit several times. He was taken to a local hospital where he reportedly is in serious by stable condition.
The officers who shot at Ledesma will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure any time an officer fires his or her weapon.
The Department of Public Safety will take over the investigation.