PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — A man has been arrested after reportedly attacking Queen Creek, Gilbert and Mesa police officers at a Dutch Bros.
It all happened Saturday morning near Ray and Power roads when someone called Mesa Police Department reporting that a man was being verbal with staff and was overall causing a disturbance. Before officers could arrive at the scene, the man left but soon returned once they arrived.
“I do know from talking to a Lieutenant who was on scene that this man was very aggressive and hostile and very verbally abusive. He approached officers in a way that was threatening,” said Det. Brandi George, the Public Information Officer for Mesa PD.
We’re told the man did not appear to have a weapon, but when an officer took out his taser to deescalate the situation, it did not attach to the man.
That’s when the fight broke out.
“Officers were very reactionary. And when somebody approaches you in a way that is threatening, we do have to take action to make sure the peace is kept,” said Det. George. “I would say it took about five or six officers, from what I’m hearing, to take the man into custody.”
Three Mesa officers received non-life threatening injuries in the fight.
Det. George said they are waiting on tests, including CAT scans, to learn what type of injuries the officers received. She said other officers received minor injuries, but did not need to be taken to a hospital.
“I think that’s what’s most important, is that our officers are going to be okay. I think that they need to hear that they’re (the community) behind them and that we’re thinking about them. I think it’s important for our community to know they will be okay and back in the game before you know it, helping protect the citizens of Mesa,” said Det. George.
The man was taken to the hospital as a precaution after being tased during the fight, according to police. Arizona’s Family is told he had blood drawn to test for possible intoxication. We’re told his ‘amped up’ behavior raised concerns of illegal or prescribed drug use.
Police said the suspect did drive to Dutch Bros. He is being evaluated for DUI.
His name has not been released, but police said the man will be booked into jail on various charges once he’s discharged from the hospital. Detectives will then interview the suspect, hoping to learn what prompted his behavior.
Mesa PD did want to thank a man who tried to help officers during the altercation. They were unable to interview him following the incident.
“Coming from my perspective, that is very heroic-in itself-to get involved in a situation where they don’t have to be,” said Det. George.
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