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Mesa police shoot at suspect who allegedly fled traffic stop; suspect outstanding

Jul 2, 2022, 8:08 AM | Updated: 4:44 pm

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(Facebook Photo/City of Mesa Police Department)

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PHOENIX — Mesa police fired shots at a suspect early Saturday after they allegedly fled during a traffic stop, authorities said.

The incident happened around 1:45 a.m. near McLellan Road and Country Club Drive when an officer attempted to remove the driver from the car during a traffic stop, the Mesa Police Department said in a press release. The reason to attempt to remove the suspect is unknown at this time.

When police tried removing the driver, the vehicle fled westbound at a high rate of speed, which is when the officer fired toward the driver, police said.

The suspect and the vehicle are outstanding, but the driver is known to be an 18-year-old male. He was contacted by cell phone and said he was not injured and the car was not damaged. He also declined to meet with investigators, police said.

There were no police injuries during the officer involved shooting.

The investigation remains ongoing.

No additional information was available.

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Mesa police shoot at suspect who allegedly fled traffic stop; suspect outstanding