On 5/19/2014 at approximately 6:00pm Mesa Officers responded to 1124 E. McKellips for a report of a man with a gun behind the business. When officers arrived, they encountered a suspect armed with a shotgun behind the business. From a position of cover, officers began giving verbal commands to the suspect to drop his weapon.
The suspect did not respond to the commands by lowering the weapon or verbally communicating with the officers. While the officers were giving commands, the suspect fired at least two rounds from the shotgun striking the back wall of the vacant office building. When the suspect began firing, two Mesa officers discharged their weapons striking the suspect. The suspect was disabled and taken into custody at that time.
Medics responded and treated the suspect for his injuries. He was transported to a local hospital for further treatment. At last report, his injuries were considered serious, but not life threatening. No officers or bystanders were injured in the incident.
Due to the suspect being in the hospital, he has not been interviewed to determine a motive for his actions.
Samuel P. Chamberlain