PAYSON, Ariz. — Authorities have identified a man who shot and wounded an
Arizona Department of Public Safety officer near Payson as a Tempe resident.
Officer Seth Meeske, 39, was shot Saturday night during a traffic stop on State
Route 87. He was shot three times — once in the arm, once in the leg and once in the bulletproof vest on his back — but drove himself to a hospital and is
expected to recover.
Meeske radioed dispatchers about the shooting, and officers from
several law enforcement agencies chased 22-year-old Cody Archuleta about 40
miles before he drove into a field.
DPS Officer Carrick Cook said officers then exchanged gunfire with him before
he was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head.