David Ybarra Finds Out the Hard Way That Throwing Chunks of Concrete at Cops Is Frowned Upon

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David Ybarra found out yesterday that throwing chunks of concrete at Gilbert police officers is an awful idea.

Ybarra, 36, was shot by two officers yesterday after he tossed concrete their way and a responding Taser blast didn't work.

Gilbert police Sergeant Bill Balafas tells New Times that Ybarra's family phoned up the cops because they were concerned for his welfare, as he left their house upset, aggressive, and carrying rocks.

Officers found Ybarra and his rocks in a field (not even close to the strangest thing found in a Gilbert field), and he began getting "irate" and aggressive with police.

Ybarra hurled the first chunk at one of the officers, who actually had to dodge Ybarra's strike.

Balafas says he doesn't have the exact dimension of these concrete chunks on hand, but they weren't the two-handed variety -- one was about the size of a large softball.

One officer pulled his Taser and attempted to give Ybarra a blast, but it wasn't effective in taking Ybarra down. It's possible Ybarra wasn't hit with both probes from the Taser, Balafas says, but it won't be known until the investigation's complete.

After that didn't work, police say Ybarra picked up another concrete chunk, preparing for another toss -- until he was shot by both responding officers.

While the officers were waiting for medical assistance, police say Ybarra was still trying to fight the officers who were giving him first aid for the bullet wounds.

Balafas says Ybarra's at the hospital with serious injuries, but as of last night, it didn't appear to be life-threatening.

Balafas says some witnesses told police Ybarra was acting very strange, like he was "on something," but that hasn't been confirmed.

Ybarra's a repeat customer to the Gilbert police, as Balafas says he's been linked to an assortment of crimes around town, including burglary. Ybarra's currently on parole, and there was a parole warrant for his arrest before yesterday's incident.

When Ybarra's released from the hospital, he'll be booked into jail on two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer.

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F. Figueroa
F. Figueroa

I know this guy personally and even though his actions were necessary for police intervention...the need to shoot someone when your a mile away from Headquarters was not necessary. The police in Arizona is getting out of hand and killing more people than gangs have been in the State. That stat is unsettling to me, man shot for throwing sumthng that GPD could of gotten out of the way, David Ybarra IS NOT A BIG MAN...and shooting someone I always find not the only option, they could of peppered sprayed, tasered, etc. Shooting someone  should not be an only option, those officers were in no immediate harm, and GPD Headquarters is once again MILE away, and David Ybarra would of been outnumbered, this is a travesty.


Another skewed opinion from the peanut gallery.  Mr. Figueroa, I am willing to say that you are pre-disposed to not like GPD no matter what they do, but you don't get the big picutre.  Rocks and in this case chunks of concrete can seriously injure and even kill.
As for being a mile away...how ignorant.  Most of the cops on are the street.  The ones in the cop shop are administrators and regardless, an assualt is quick as is the response.  The cops being assualted cant push the pause buton and wait for the cavalry in many incidents.  Time is a luxury. You've seen too much slow-mo TV and movie scenes.  In real life these kind of incidents are real quick and neither tasers, rubber bullets, or OC are the panecea in minimal force to stop out of control felons such as Ybarra in this incident.
If you are not a convicted felon, go see for yourself by joining a citizens academy.  Until you garner some knowledge through experience other than gaming, blogging and lessor life experiences in the ways of police work, quit Monday morning quarterback until you have a clue.

Wesley Montgomery
Wesley Montgomery

Of course we're pre-disposed not to like GPD, because of the people we grew up with or have as friends they hastle us. They had more options that are far less lethal that they could've used. They shot in broad daylight when there's little kids that play right across the street and they managed to put a few rounds into the SW ambulance that parks right there.


I suppose they should have just let him throw large rocks at them with the potential of an officer being injured, because you know, being a police officer and telling him to stop and trying to tase him didn't get the message to him. Police officers arent here to play house and sip tea. You either obey them or face the consequences, they were completely within the law. They have every right to shoot you if you are trying to hurt them or anyone else. To answer your other option pepper spray doesn't work if you are drunk or on drugs. It also has the capacity to blow back in the face of the officer. He was an immediate harm to officers. He was using a weapon that could have been potentially deadly to officers.

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