Man shot by Tempe police speaks outPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A suspect shot by Tempe police is speaking out about what led the officer to open fire.
Forty-year-old William Barrett admits he broke into the Tempe restaurant House of Tricks to steal some things and trash the place.
“I threw a baseball through the window so I could get some wine for my girlfriend,” explains Barrett.
He says he trashed the place because he was, “Just stewing, just in a hateful mood and pissed off.”
It happened at 3:45 Monday morning.
Kirk White manages the House of Tricks and couldn't believe what he found.
“A lot of broken glass and empty wine bottles, glassware everywhere, the door had been destroyed; it was pretty much a big mess," said White.
Barrett reportedly trashed all the landscaping and broke all the umbrellas and when Tempe police arrived he allegedly hit an officer in the face with a wine bottle. That’s when the officer opened fire.
“They shot me in the hand,” said Barrett. “If I stuck my head out they could have shot my head off.”
According to police reports Barrett then bit a paramedic and a nurse.
“I remember biting one kid, yeah I remember those things,” Barrett said. “I wanted to show her my teeth.”
Police estimate $10,000 damage was done to House of Tricks. The staff spent Monday fixing most things. All that remains now are a couple bullet holes which serve as a reminder of just how serious a situation this was.
“We pulled it together and got it done,” said White. “I’m glad everything is back to normal it will be a good story to tell.”
Barrett has an extensive criminal history and faces a slew of new charges including three counts of aggravated assault, burglary and criminal damage.