The 43-year-old suspect injured in Monday’s officer-involved shooting in Mesa is listed in stable condition, and police said charges against him could included two counts of aggravated assault.
Mesa police will not release the suspect’s name until he has been released from the hospital and booked into jail, authorities said Tuesday.
“After further investigation,” police said in a release, “detectives learned that the suspect pointed a loaded handgun in the direction of officers prior to the officer-involved shooting.'"
The handgun was tossed in the roadway and was identified as a .45 Sig Sauer, police said.
A search warrant, which was executed on the suspect’s vehicle Tuesday afternoon, uncovered three additional handguns inside.
The shooting occurred Monday night, Sept. 19, after police responded to a domestic violence call near Country Club Drive and Broadway Road.
Following a vehicle pursuit of the suspect, "a high-risk traffic stop was performed just south of the (Alma School/Main Street) intersection, and the man leaned out of his vehicle holding what appeared to be a handgun," police officials said in a release on Monday. "This is when the officer-involved shooting occurred."
One officer fired, and the man was hit by gunfire.
Police said "less lethal measures" then were used to get the man out of his vehicle.
At this time, police said, the proposed charges for the suspect are aggravated assault/domestic violence and aggravated assault on law enforcement.