Ex-AZ corrections director points gun at officers during standoff in Tempe, police say

The former Arizona corrections director was involved in a standoff with police when they say he...
The former Arizona corrections director was involved in a standoff with police when they say he pointed gun at officers in Tempe, police say.(Arizona's Family)
Updated: Jan. 7, 2022 at 7:37 PM MST
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TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — The former head of the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation, and Reentry is in the hospital after he was involved in a standoff with Tempe police on Thursday night.

It happened on Warner Road, just east of Rural Road. Investigators said around 9:30, they were called out because Charles Ryan, the former director for ADCRR, was armed inside and possibly hurt. His wife and adult daughter had safely gotten out of the house. Police tried to call Ryan over a loud speaker to get him out of the home but he refused.

Detectives said at one point, Ryan opened a door, came out of the home and pointed a gun at officers, who were behind an armored vehicle. Police said they tried to use “less lethal force” and made announcements to surrender but Ryan went back into the house, police said. A short time later, a Tempe Police tactical team and negotiators got Ryan to come out of the house and he was taken into custody.

Police said that’s when they saw he had shot his hand so he was taken to the hospital. When he’s released, he’ll be facing multiple felony charges, police said. An investigation is underway. Ryan retired as ADCRR director in 2019.