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Mesa police deploy net ‘grappler’ to stop suspect vehicle

Posted 1/20/22

Mesa police used a net grappler on the front of a truck to catch a moving vehicle and arrest a suspect accused of firing a handgun at a home.

At around 8:43 a.m. Jan. 18, Mesa police responded to …

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Mesa police deploy net ‘grappler’ to stop suspect vehicle

Photograph from the scene of the deployed grappler, from police vehicle to suspect vehicle.
Photograph from the scene of the deployed grappler, from police vehicle to suspect vehicle.
Mesa Police Department
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Mesa police used a net grappler on the front of a truck to catch a moving vehicle and arrest a suspect accused of firing a handgun at a home.

At around 8:43 a.m. Jan. 18, Mesa police responded to a shots fired call in the 100 block of South Lazona. When officers arrived, they spoke to a witness who said a black Dodge Charger with a temporary registration tag was speeding up and down the street. This witness said they yelled at the driver, later identified as 21-year-old Tre-Shawn Dorsett, to slow down, police said in a crime blog at mesapd.blogspot.com.

The suspect continued to speed up and down the street and stopped in front of the witness’ house. The driver honked the car horn, opened the car door and began yelling and mocking the witness. The witness responded by taking a photograph of the suspect before going inside their house. When the vehicle left, the witness heard four gunshots.

A second witness told officers the same story about the black Dodge Charger speeding up and down the street. This witness was outside of their house at the time and said that the driver held a handgun outside of the window, firing four rounds toward a residence on Lazona. The vehicle sped off while firing an additional two rounds from the vehicle.

Within two minutes, officers arrived on scene and located the Dodge Charger in the area. Officers observed a male getting into the vehicle who also matched the photograph of the male taken by the first witness, police said.

Officers followed the vehicle in conjunction with the Mesa Police Air Unit into Phoenix, where they used a grappler to stop the vehicle.

Dorsett was taken into custody and was booked into jail on the charges of discharging a firearm within city limits, a class 6 felony; and prohibited possessor, a class 4 felony. He is being held on a $50,000 bond, police said.

“Dorsett admitted to officers that he was speeding and that someone yelled at him, but denied having a confrontation with anyone, even when he was shown the photo of himself antagonizing the first witness,” police said.

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