PD: Man threatens to kill officers, families during Mesa arrest

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Febyruss Benally By Jennifer Thomas Febyruss Benally By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. -- A 31-year-old man allegedly threatened to kill police officers and their families while being arrested Monday afternoon.

Mesa police responded to an apartment complex near Southern Avenue and Longmore around 3 p.m. after receiving a report of an intoxicated man sitting in a truck. A witness said the man almost hit a porch while driving the truck around the parking lot.

Officers located Febyruss Benally walking away from the vehicle and contacted him at an apartment where he reportedly became irate and began yelling profanities.

Benally reeked of alcohol, had watery bloodshot eyes and could barely keep his balance, according to the officers. He refused all field sobriety tests.

The officers located a warrant for Benally's arrest and took him into custody. During the arrest, they said Benally began talking about how he was going to "kill an officer's wife and kids and bury them."

As Benally was being placed in the patrol car, the officers said he continued saying he was going to "bury an officer" when he gets out of jail and then "kill their wife and kids." He added that he "wanted to see another police memorial."

The officers reportedly found marijuana in Benally's possession and a cold open can of beer in his vehicle.

Police said the plates on the vehicle were suspended and that Benally's driver's license was suspended and revoked.

Benally was booked on charges of aggravated DUI, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, threatening and intimidating, and possession of an open container.