Man hospitalized after officer-involved shooting in MesaPosted: Updated:
MESA, Ariz. -- A man is in the hospital after being shot during a confrontation with police.
According to Mesa police, they received a call Monday evening of a man running around the Argenta Apartments at 4104 E. Broadway Road. Upon arrival, officers found the man with a knife and they told him to drop the weapon.
When the man did not comply, officers shot him with a non-lethal bean bag round. The man then attempted to re-enter the SUV, in which officers then realized two children -- a 3-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy -- were seated.
Fearing for the children's well-being, the officers then opened fire. However, the man continued to attempt to enter the SUV. It was then that officers removed him from the vehicle, tased him, and placed him in handcuffs.
"You've got a subject with a knife at close range, certainly would have been justified in using deadly force immediately but chose a non-lethal option," said Steve Berry with the Mesa Police Department. "When that didn't work and the children were involved, go to lethal and then you still have to go back to less-lethal after that. They used a great deal of restraint going up and down the force continuum."
The man's wife was also in the vehicle. Family members tell 3TV that the couple had been having marital difficulties.
"They were getting custody of the car, the kids, trying to work things out, but they're not getting back together," said the suspect's mother-in-law, Doreen Cordeiro. "He was hoping they would get back together. So he would most definitely try to take his life and that's what I think happened in here. He got shot."
Jeremiah Lowery, 26, was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries. He is expected to survive. Both children were uninjured.