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Mesa police investigating who hit Tempe PD motor officer with rock

Posted 12/17/21

The Mesa Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying witnesses to a Dec. 16 incident involving a Tempe Police Department motor officer that resulted in him sustaining …

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First responders

Mesa police investigating who hit Tempe PD motor officer with rock

The officer was struck in the helmet and shoulder almost causing him to crash his motorcycle. The officer was able to safely pull to the side of the freeway and radio in for help, Mesa police said.
The officer was struck in the helmet and shoulder almost causing him to crash his motorcycle. The officer was able to safely pull to the side of the freeway and radio in for help, Mesa police said.
Mesa Police Department
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The Mesa Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying witnesses to a Dec. 16 incident involving a Tempe Police Department motor officer that resulted in him sustaining injuries. The incident occurred on the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway and the McKellips Road overpass in Mesa.

At about 7:20 p.m. a Tempe Police Department motor officer was driving his marked police motorcycle home after getting off work. While traveling southbound on the Red Mountain Freeway approaching the McKellips underpass, the officer was struck by an object that turned out to be a rock.

“The officer was struck in the helmet and shoulder almost causing him to crash his motorcycle. The officer was able to safely pull to the side of the freeway and radio in for help,” according to the release. “The officer was transported to a local hospital with injuries that are non-life threatening. The six-year veteran was later released from the hospital and is recovering at home.”

The Mesa Police Department is investigating this incident and is seeking the assistance of the community to identify and prosecute who is responsible. If anyone was in this area at the time this incident occurred and saw something that may help this investigation, call 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

“Situations such as these are extremely dangerous. Throwing objects at any moving vehicle can result in serious injury or death. Help us keep our community safe by reaching out with any information you may have,” the release states.

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