MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left one person wounded in Mesa Friday night. That person was shot in the abdomen, according to the Mesa Police Department. No officers were injured.
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It happened outside the Ojos Locos Sports Cantina in the area of U.S. 60 and Alma School Road just before 8 p.m. Police got a call about a group of men at the restaurant who were refusing to leave the establishment. Once officers arrived, they came in contact with a bunch of drunk people who weren't willing to cooperate.
Officers had to keep telling one of the drunk people, a 45-year-old man who was over 6 foot and 300 pounds, to give them his name and put his hands behind his back. The man reportedly ignored the officers' commands and assaulted one of them. Police say that triggered officers to use various levels of force on him, like a taser, strikes and a takedown. The altercation escalated to the point that an officer had to shoot the suspect in the lower-left hip area.
No weapons were found on the man. He was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition. In addition to the suspect, two other people were arrested in relation to this incident.
Mesa police say a lot of work is ahead when it comes to this investigation. Detectives will have to go through witness interviews, forensic evidence and more in connection to the situation. They will issue more information when it's available.
[PHOTOS: From the scene]
This is the 38th officer-involved shooting in the Phoenix area this year, and the second one this week. Early Monday morning, Mesa officers shot a man who they say took his father hostage.