ARIZONA NEWS

Mesa police chief recounts ‘terrifying’ domestic violence call

Oct 21, 2022, 4:45 AM
Police Chief Ken Cost (Mesa Photo)...
Police Chief Ken Cost (Mesa Photo)
(Mesa Photo)

PHOENIX — Mesa Police Chief Ken Cost described domestic violence as a “very, very serious topic” as he recounted a recent “frantic” 911 call from an 8-year-old boy whose mom was being abused and threatened with a gun.

“I listened to the 911 call, and it was gripping, and it was sad, and it was terrifying,” he said. “But this little one had the courage to make that call.”

Cost said the abuser had a gun to the mom’s head while the boy was on the phone.

“He looked at that 8-year-old, and he knew what happened,” Cost said. “He put the gun down, and then we went to hide. It allowed the mother and the 8-year-old to escape that situation.”

He believes the young boy helped save his mom’s life by calling for help.

Cost shared the story while speaking at an event Wednesday in Mesa to honor survivors and remember victims of domestic violence.

The event was part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It included remarks by Mesa Mayor John Giles and a survivor of domestic violence. A representative from the Mesa Family Advocacy Center also shared resources available to victims.

“What I want to say to our folks out there that are being abused and are victims and are survivors is that we’re here for you,” Cost told attendants, many of them wearing purple in solidarity with domestic violence victims.

He also shared that during the pandemic, the Mesa Police Department saw an increase in domestic violence incidents. At the same time, there was decrease in calls for service for other crimes.

“It was significant,” Cost said. “In one year, we had 33% – a third of our homicides – were domestic violence related. This is a very, very serious topic that needs to be talked about.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

A migrant from Michoacan, Mexico, uses the CBPOne app Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Tijuana, Mexico. A...
Associated Press

Online system to seek asylum in US is quickly overwhelmed

A mobile app for migrants to seek asylum in the United States has been overwhelmed since it was introduced this month
15 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Phoenix police seek suspects in fatal shooting of 33-year-old man

The Phoenix Police Department is seeking two men in the fatal shooting of a 33-year-old man on Friday afternoon.
15 hours ago
(Flickr Photo/Sebastiaan ter Burg)...
KTAR.com

Country music, dancing event at Glendale arena to raise funds for autism support

People can help set a world record while dancing to country music and support the local autism community at the same time during an event in March at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale.
15 hours ago
(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Human skull found at South Mountain Park being investigated as a homicide

Phoenix police said Saturday the case of a human skull being found at South Mountain Park is now being investigated as a homicide. 
15 hours ago
Bradley Holmes (MCSO Photo)...
KTAR.com

Scottsdale police make arrest in Molotov cocktail incidents

Scottsdale police said Saturday an arrest has been made for the recent Molotov cocktail incidents after multiple cars were targeted this month.
15 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Torrence Dunham

Arizona lawmaker sends letters to AG, Scottsdale officials about Rio Verde Foothills water issue

An Arizona lawmaker this week sent letters to Attorney General Kris Mayes and Scottsdale officials in an ongoing attempt to help find a solution to water being cut off from residents of Rio Verde Foothills.
15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
Mesa police chief recounts ‘terrifying’ domestic violence call