Police investigating officer-involved shooting in Mesa
PHOENIX — The Mesa Police Department was investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place Friday night.
According to authorities, the shooting happened at approximately 7:45 p.m. near the U.S. 60 and Alma School Road.
Officers were responding to a call at Ojos Locos Cantina after the restaurant reported having issues with several intoxicated customers that were refusing to leave, according to police.
Police said the officers first made contact with the customers in the parking lot and repeatedly asked one of them, a 45-year-old man, to identify himself and put his hands behind his back.
The man ignored commands and assaulted an officer, police said. Officers shocked the man with a stun gun, and after a struggle ensued, an officer shot the man in the lower left hip area.
There were no weapons found on the man, who was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening.
No officers were harmed during the incident.
The incident was the fifth officer-involved shooting in Mesa of the year.
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Debra Dale contributed to this report.