Mesa Police Investigate Officer Involved Shooting

June 8, 2008

On Sunday, June 8, 2008 at 5:03 a.m., Mesa Police received a 911 call from a male who stated his girlfriend was afraid of him. A female voice got on the telephone and appeared to by crying. The dispatcher could not hear clearly what the female was attempting to tell police.

Officers responded to an apartment complex located at 1415 N. Country Club, where they located a female in the parking lot. The two officers immediately noticed the female had an injury to her head. The 29-year-old female told police her boyfriend pushed her and hit her in the head. The female was then transported to a local hospital for her injuries.

Two officers began canvassing the area in an attempt to locate the female's boyfriend. The officers made contact at the apartment where the male and female lived. The officers located the male inside the apartment and noticed he was holding a handgun. The subject was ordered to put the handgun down and refused to do so. Officers, fearing for their lives and for the safety of the community, used fatal force as a last resort when the subject pointed the handgun at them.

Lifesaving efforts at the scene were unsuccessful and the 25-year-old Native American male was pronounced deceased on scene by Mesa Fire Department. None of the officers were injured during the incident.

The Native American male has not yet been positively identified. Once the male is positively identified and next of kin notification is made, his name will be released.

This investigation is on-going. There is no other information available at this time.



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PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211

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