Mesa PD: Suspect who died after officer-involved shooting identified

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Police on Monday released the name of the suspect who died over the weekend after an officer-involved shooting in Mesa last week.

On Thursday, officers responded to reports of a man with a gun near Gilbert Road and Main Street at about 2:30 p.m., according to Det. Nik Rasheta with Mesa PD.

Witnesses told officers the man, identified Monday as Arthur Joseph Gonzales, was walking in the street with a handgun and a rifle making incoherent statements while waving the guns around.

When officers arrived, he had gone back into his residence.

Rasheta said a perimeter was set up and SWAT officers arrived to secure the scene.

Gonzales, 57, was then seen at the front of the residence with the weapon, posing a threat to officers and shots were fired, Rasheta said. Gonzales retreated back into the residence and within a few moments was observed at the back of the residence with a weapon posing a threat again.

A second round of shots was fired and Gonzales retreated into the house again.

Rasheta said officers saw that Gonzales was injured and made contact with him. Officers were able to detain him with no further incident and he was taken to a local hospital for treatment. 

Gonzales died at the hospital on Saturday. There was no additional information on the cause of death, according to Mesa police. 

"Cause of death will be determined by the Office of the Medical Examiner, which has assumed the death investigation," Rasheta said Monday. 

According to Rasheta, weapons were located inside the residence and detectives secured the scene.

No officers were injured and the investigation is ongoing.

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