Suspect critically injured in Mesa officer-involved shooting
PHOENIX — Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Wednesday evening in Mesa.
According to ABC15, officers were attempting to conduct a traffic stop near Country Club Drive and Broadway Road when the suspect vehicle fled.
Police said the driver and passenger exited the vehicle and ran, and the passenger pulled out a handgun, according to the TV station.
An officer then fired multiple shots at the suspect, who threw the gun over a railway, Mesa Police Commander Ed Wessing told ABC15.
The suspect was hospitalized with unspecified injuries that aren’t life-threatening, according to a Mesa police press release.
He was released from the hospital on Friday and identified as 32-year-old Esteban Caraveo Grageda.
He was charged on one count of aggravated assault on law enforcement and one charge of misconduct involving weapons.
Police told the TV station that the driver of the car was captured without incident in a nearby neighborhood.
The driver was identified Thursday as 32-year-old Jose Elias Andrade Preciado. He was charged with one count of unlawful flight.
No officers were injured in the incident.
According to police, the men said they fled because they were in the country illegally.
The incident was the second shooting of the year involving a Mesa officer, and the 22nd officer-involved shooting in the Valley.