Man shot by officers after burglary call turns into hours-long standoff in Mesa
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Police say a 21-year-old man is in the hospital after officers shot him following an hours-long standoff in Mesa early Monday morning. The shooting happened near Rio Salado Parkway and Country Club Drive. On Sunday, around 11:30 p.m, a woman called 911 and told police when she got to her house, she noticed her front door was broken. The woman said she heard someone inside, so she left.
Officers arrived and began to set up a team to go inside the house. As they were doing that, police say the man ran out of the house, jumped a wall and tried to hide on a patio of a nearby apartment. Afterward, he then jumped another wall and hid inside a storage shed. Investigators say the man appeared to be holding a gun.
When officers tried to get near the shed, the man began shooting at them, police say. Officers backed up and a standoff started. Investigators say after several hours of trying to get the man to come out, they decided to send a robot and drone. The man then started shooting at both of them, police say. Police tried to use less-lethal rounds and the man then got out of the shed. Just before 3:30 a.m., police say officers shot the man.
The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition. No officers or bystanders were hurt. Several people were evacuated during the barricade situation, but they have since been allowed back into their homes. The investigation is ongoing. According to Arizona’s Family records, this is the 45th officer-involved shooting in Maricopa County this year and the 67th in the state in 2022.
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