MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Mesa Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night in the area of Country Club Drive and Broadway Road.
Mesa police said officers were chasing two men, who ran from an attempted traffic stop, when one of the men showed officers a gun, prompting the officer to fire. No officers were hurt.
“The passenger stopped, presented a handgun, started to blade toward the officers, and one of our officers fired at that suspect-- striking him several times,” Mesa Police Commander Ed Wessing said.
Wessing said that the man threw his handgun over the handrail after being shot by officers.
A witness told Arizona's Family that he saw a slightly different sequence of events.
“While he was running, he threw a white bag that had something in it over the wall onto County Club [Drive], and as soon as he threw that the police shot him three times. I heard three loud pops and then he fell to the ground,” said Dustin Davila-Bojorquez. “I was just really shocked to see that happen right in front of me. When I saw it happen, I just really wanted to get away from here and get somewhere safe.”
In a statement on Thursday, police stuck with their timeline and said the man pulled out a handgun and turned toward one of the officers and the officer shot him.
The man then threw his handgun over the railing. That handgun has been identified as a Colt .45 Combat Elite handgun with a custom wood/pearl grip.
There is no body camera video of the incident.
The suspect who was shot is in critical condition but is expected to survive, police said. He won't be identified until he is released from the hospital, police said.
A K-9 tracked down the driver and he was taken into custody nearby, police said. He has been identified as 32-year-old Jose Elias Andrade Preciado. He's facing one count of unlawful flight from law enforcement.
This is the 23rd officer-involved shooting in the Valley in 2019.