PD: Man arrested after shooting at Mesa officers

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

MESA, Ariz. -- Police arrested a man after an eight-hour standoff that started when he opened fire on officers Friday night, according to a spokesman for the Mesa Police Department.

The alleged gunman is 55-year-old Dwayne Clayton.

Police were called to the home by Clayton’s estranged wife who said Clayton called her and said, "Someone is going to die."

When police arrived at the home on Heather Drive near McDowell Road and Power Road just after 9:30 Friday they were met by gunfire.

The SWAT team and negotiators were called in and spent hours trying to get Clayton to surrender. But over the course of the next eight hours, Clayton continued to shoot at the police.

"Our goal is not to get in a shootout with someone," says Steve Berry of the Mesa Police Department. "Our goal is to talk that person down from whatever situation they're in, and out of the house."

Police say that officers never returned fire. "That takes a lot of restraint," says Berry. "But we're responsible for every bullet that hits the target, hits the house, hits the adjacent house."

Neighbors who heard the gunfire say it was too close for comfort. "At one point you could hear a bullet whiz by," says neighbor Brandon Rodriguez. "The cop said it wasn't that close but it sounded like it was."

The situation ended when SWAT officers used vehicles to get in the house. They then used diversionary devices and a police dog to take Clayton into custody.

He was taken to a hospital for cuts and treatment for a dog bite.

One officer injured his hand.