2 Men fatally shot by authorities in south TempePosted: Updated:
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Authorities have fatally shot a wanted man who allegedly pulled out a gun while officers attempted to arrest him in south Tempe.
Police say another man who was driving the victim's car also was shot and taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The shooting took place Wednesday afternoon near 48th Street and Baseline Road.
Tempe police say the U.S. Marshals Service was trying to arrest 28-year-old Salvador Muna, of Tempe, when he pulled out a gun and officers opened fire.
Muna was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tempe police said Muna had outstanding felony warrants for probation violation. They said he had fled from them Tuesday in north Tempe, and was considered armed and dangerous.
Police requested assistance from the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, and task force members located Muna riding in a Nissan Altima eastbound on Baseline Road near 48th Street.
To keep Muna from fleeing again, task force members surrounded the Altima with numerous vehicles and activated their emergency lights. Police said Muna ignored commands and grabbed a gun, pointing it at officers.
According to police, four officers representing three different agencies -- the Tempe, Chandler and Mesa police departments -- opened fire on Muna.
Court records show that Muna is a convicted felon, with charges related to weapons violations, drugs and fleeing from law enforcement.
Tempe police said the driver, 28-year-old Joaquin Hernandez, was shot after he also refused commands and reached for the gun. Police later learned Hernandez had a criminal history and served time in the Arizona Department of Corrections.
Police say no officers were injured in the incident.
"(It was) pretty scary because my desk is very close to the window, so, I mean, I could have been hit by a bullet, or anyone else at my job," said witness Pariese Lewis.
Harlan Whitfield attends the nearby University of Advanced Technology and said he had just come out to his car in the school parking lot. He said he felt an adrenaline rush.
"I felt like I needed to get out of there," he said. "I took cover and checked where bullets were being shot, and then stopped a student who was going to drive out into that area."|
The investigation is ongoing, with the Tempe Police Department serving as the lead investigative agency.
OIS at 48th St & Baseline. Officers not injured 2 subjects down. More info shortly— Tempe Police (@TempePolice) February 4, 2015