Mesa PD identifies crime scene tech who wounded 2 cops, self in accidental shooting

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Two Mesa police officers and a Mesa PD crime scene technician are recovering after the tech accidentally discharged a weapon he was handling as evidence.

It started with a shots fired call in the neighborhood of Ellsworth and Brown roads Thursday night.

A suspect who had fired his gun into the air was taken into custody without incident.

Officers stayed on the scene with the crime scene tech to place the gun into evidence.

“During the processing and securing of the weapon, the Crime Scene Specialist had an accidental discharge of that firearm,” Department spokesman Nicholas Rasheta said in response to questions from Arizona’s Family.

Source tells our Donna Rossi that the crime scene tech is a firearms expert, but the Mesa Police Department has not confirmed that. 

The bullet went through the tech's hand and then grazed an officer’s abdomen before hitting his forearm. The bullet, a 22-caliber round, lodged in that officer's forearm.

The second officer was hit in the face by possible shrapnel.

Both officers have been released from the hospital, according to Rasheta. The crime scene technician is recovering from hand surgery.

On Monday, Mesa police identified the officers injured as Scott Seery and Tanner Davidson. The crime scene specialist who accidentally fired the weapon is Thomas Hewson.

While not law enforcement officers themselves, crime scene technicians support investigators by locating, collecting, processing, and analyzing evidence.


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