Mesa police: No injuries in officer-involved shootingPosted: Updated:
MESA, Ariz. -- Mesa police are investigating after an officer fired a shot while trying to take a wanted man into custody Saturday.
Mesa Police Sgt. Diana Williams said three officers responded to a home near 54th Street and Alpine Road, which is south of Main Street, around 10:30 a.m. They had received information that a man wanted on several warrants was at the home.
Williams said the man was standing outside when officers arrived and then ran toward a vehicle when the officers approached him. They tried to take him into custody but he reportedly started the vehicle and began driving east on Alpine Road.
"One of the officers got caught in the doorway of the vehicle, feared for his safety then because the vehicle was in motion, discharged his service weapon, but the vehicle continued on eastbound and then southbound on 56th Street," Williams said.
The suspect was not struck by gunfire, according to Williams.
Police then received a 911 call about someone driving erratically in a vehicle matching the one that fled from Alpine Road.
"This morning, I was going eastbound on Broadway, and I saw this gentleman driving a dark green Jeep blow a red light down here on 56th and Broadway, and he didn't even slow down," Michael Pickens said.
Pickens followed the Jeep to a neighborhood near Power and Broadway roads, where it stopped.
Williams said the suspect ran into a home on Pueblo Avenue and barricaded himself inside.
Several people came out of the home and were placed in handcuffs. Williams said they gave information that someone was still inside. She said he does have ties to that home.
He surrendered within an hour and was taken into custody.
"One of the officers said that if I hadn't followed him, he would have been gone in the wind and they would have never caught him," Pickens said.
Williams said the suspect is 23 years old, but his name is not being released until he is formally charged.
Williams said no one was injured.
We are working an OIS. All Officers okay. Media staging area will be 54th St & Alpine in Mesa.— Mesa Police Dept. (@MesaPD) January 10, 2015