Tempe officer hit by bottle, shoots suspect

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by Mike Gertzman

azfamily.com

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 28 at 10:25 PM

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting following a report of a disturbance in Tempe.

It happened early Monday morning near Sun Devil Stadium in front of the House of Tricks restaurant on Seventh Street between Myrtle and Forest avenues.

According to a spokesman for the Tempe Police Department, a street cleaner called 911 just before 4 a.m.

"They said they saw an individual going crazy," said Sgt. Mike Pooley with the Tempe Police Department. "He was throwing things, breaking things ... he was getting signs, pulling them out."

A Tempe police sergeant was the first officer on scene and he called for more units when he witnessed what was happening.

When the sergeant tried to make contact with the man who was behaving erratically, that man began throwing things at the officer. Police believe the man was either intoxicated or on some type of drug.

"The individual picked up a wine bottle, threw it at the officer. [It] hit him in the head at which time our officer shot him at least one time," Pooley explained.

Pooley said the officer is going to be fine and the suspect was transported to a hospital with at least one gunshot wound to the hand. He is also expected to be fine.

A K-9 officer was also injured by some broken glass, according to Pooley.

"We're going to be out here all morning ... our detectives are going to have to come out. They're going to have to interview anybody that was a witness. They're going to have to go through the scene. It's going to be a lengthy process," Pooley said.

"We have to treat this scene very seriously. Anytime an officer is involved in a shooting it's something that takes a lot of time to investigate to make sure we get everything in order," Pooley said.

 

 

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