10 Mesa Cops Involved in Two Separate Shootings Over the Weekend

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A total of 10 Mesa police officers were involved in deadly shootings over the weekend.

Phoenix police say the 10 Mesa officers were involved in either of two shooting incidents, both of which occurred in Phoenix.

Phoenix Police Sergeant Steve Martos both shootings occurred on Friday night.

In the first one, a U.S. Marshals task force went to arrest 27-year-old Joseph Mavis on charges of domestic violence and aggravated assault in Phoenix. This task force included an ATF agent, a Tempe detective, two Mesa detectives, a Mesa sergeant, and a Mesa lieutenant.

Between 7 and 7:30 p.m., the task force was watching Mavis' possible residence at Fourth Street and Euclid Avenue, near South Mountain.

The officers saw Mavis go in and out of the home, and when they went to approach him, Mavis reached for a gun, Martos says.

One of the Mesa officers fired a less-lethal "Sage" round at Mavis, hitting him, but Mavis still got hold of the gun, and pointed it at the officers, Martos says.

The five other officers shot at Mavis, hitting him. He was declared dead at the scene.

The other incident started around 8 p.m., as a Mesa officer on patrol found a car that had been stolen out of Chandler earlier in the day.

The driver wouldn't pull over on a traffic stop but eventually slowed down to let two passengers out of his car before continuing to drive away.

Mesa PD's helicopter and officers in unmarked cars followed the driver from a distance, as he made his way through Mesa, Scottsdale, and Phoenix, police say.

The driver eventually parked at 32nd Street and Greenway Road in Phoenix and walked up to a fast-food restaurant with a gun in his hand.

The officers tried to confront the man, but he ran. As he ran across Greenway Road, he turned around and fired back at the officers, striking some of the unmarked vehicles, Martos says.

Six Mesa cops -- each with between six and 20 years on the department -- shot the man, Martos says. The man, whose name hasn't been released, died at the scene, with the gun still in his hand.

Clarification: This headline was changed from its original to more accurately portray the circumstances of the shootings.

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Bruce Salvage
Bruce Salvage

Do these police shootings get counted as gun deaths in the overall 12,000 or whatever we keep hearing per year?

ozgur.aksoy
ozgur.aksoy

The driver wouldn't pull over on a traffic stop but eventually slowed down to let two passengers out of his car before continuing to drive away. Mangal

Zac Brandt
Zac Brandt

Pretty misleading original headline. The police get enough breaks though, fuckers.

David Kaylor
David Kaylor

did we forget to mention they were returning fire from morons??? New Times must be another liberal Rag...

Ian Calder Drummond
Ian Calder Drummond

Scary. I am I Real Estate Agent. I had the cops show up on Friday night in Chandler. I had one house left in Mesa. My thoughts were; " What are the chances of having the police called on me twice tonight." I am glad they were not for the Mesa house ...

Steve Hoffman
Steve Hoffman

I live in Mesa and there are plenty of scumbags who need to be shot

Larry Houser
Larry Houser

That's a BS headline, to attract attention.

Ernie Aldama
Ernie Aldama

Play stupid games (Let's play shoot at the cops with my gun), win stupid prizes (Assumption of room temperature).

C Thomas Warmuth
C Thomas Warmuth

Yeah the headline was misleading. I was getting all excited for the apocalypse where the police state finally decided to start loadin' up the FEMA trains per our reptilian lords orders and some unwilling subcitizens had to be put down or something even cooler a more accurate headline would have been "10 separate rogue cops from Mesa just decided to start killing folks at random No big deal."

Sophi Worth
Sophi Worth

either way its a sad story. peoples lives were forever changes. men and women alike choose to risk their saftey for ours, but when the DO their job people cast judgement and condemn. yet when they are needed PERSONALLY they are praise by those who condemn them. my heart goes to those who CHOOSE to serve and protect, and the difficulties the will face from that day forward for i could not fathom how it feels to shoot someone. and my heart goes to the families of the shot individuals. i pray for healing and understanding.

C Thomas Warmuth
C Thomas Warmuth

Some people just need to get shot. The rules are real simple. Aim a gun at a cop expect to get shot. Had it comin' next caller.

robert_graham
robert_graham

The New Times should be banned in Mesa. It's a disgrace to the good people here.

Tiffany Huett
Tiffany Huett

shooting spree always indicates neglect for safety, and unneccessary violence, not cops doing their jobs. artards. Im not pro cop at all, I just dont at all see why this was even an article. slow news wknd I guess

Tiffany Huett
Tiffany Huett

a news story that isnt news. awesome jeff thanks for posting. dont forget to post something about how it rained in chandler last nite

Jim Richards
Jim Richards

I love the New Times, but from what I read here, cops' lives were put in jeopardy by criminals so they had no other choice....not a good headline here..gives your paper a bad name.

Marnie Buquo Brookins
Marnie Buquo Brookins

Lost a bit more respect New Times. Good job attempting to trash those who save your behind. Thanks Mesa PD. I appreciate you.

marieglass
marieglass

Bad headline guys.  Not cool. Way to make Mesa look like the bad guys when it sounds like they were really just doing their jobs, one incident was only helping out other law enforcement. 

Garyn Klasek
Garyn Klasek

Yeah, but then people will be less interested in opening the article by comparison to the current title.

Garyn Klasek
Garyn Klasek

"10 Mesa Cops Shot People over the Weekend" is the title. The shooting spree part is how the New Times views it. Of course the media is gonna side with the cops; it's their job. If y'all infer anything more than ten pigs killing people in Mesa this weekend, that's a personal issue.

kattywampus
kattywampus

As much as I like to rage over sensational headlines and fight The Man, I'm not really sure what else the cops coulda done in those cases.. especially with the suspect trying to shoot them.


Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

True. A better headline would have been, "10 Mesa Cops Involved in Two Separate Shootings Over the Weekend."

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@David Kaylor, aha aha aha, WHERE DID THEY GO GEORGE...WHERE DID THEY GO....? My momm just told me, go hunt 4 a rabbit......is that enough, retard?????.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@Jennifer Dudley weideman, U'd U care 2 elaborate about UR experience?.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JoeArpaioFan, look who is talking, a supporter of D most RACIST & CORRUPT BIGOT  in Arizona. U & that POS should B banned on the whole country, B sent 2 HELL. TIC TOC..TIC TOC.... 6 MORE DAYS 4 THAT OLD FART 2 B UNDER THE COMMAND OF A MONITOR. PRICELESS.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@Jim Richards You must be new here. This is typical yellow journalism for the writer, Matthew Hendley.  Mr. Hendley criticizes anything that is law enforcement and he thinks armed criminals should be able to threaten cops without consequences. 

When Hendley was previously arrested before, I wonder if he had a cops gun pointed at his head?  If he did I'm just sorry the officer did not pull the trigger.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@Marnie Buquo Brookins Thank you!  Let this be a wake-up call that it is time that Matthew Hendley is fired.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@Garyn Klasek I call for many more of these officer-involved shootings.  The more the merrier.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@kattywampus, cops would always say that the suspect was holding a gun in order 2 justify their kill it wouldn' matter if the suspect might B showing them that he's holding a cell phone, that could B another excuse 2 say that D suspect "raised his arms while holding an unidentified object". What has called my attention, is that it seems that there's never a witnesss 2 all that, coincidence? or is it that they might know when is "appropiate?" A dead suspect is better than an injuried suspect that is going to require 2 B in D hospital 4 when out the suspect might sue them. That could B an appropiate MOTTO 4 them.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@kattywampus Exactly!  Matthew Hendley is a real ass. So let me say that I hope this article gets him shot!

robert_graham
robert_graham

@Phoenix New Times This article should have praised those officers for doing the right thing.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JoeArpaioFan, what is typical here, is 4 U to open UR dick sucking hole and spew diarrhea all over, fucking IMBECILE CUNT. U R always talking nonsense bitch, good thing is that UR days R numbered, 6 more days and U will B history, along with that STINKY ASS CLOWN. LMFAO.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JoeArpaioFan, and who is going to fire Mr. Hendley?.U don't have a say on this, as U claim that U do 4 D RACIST 1.UR nothing but a DELUDED POS. U R FIRED CHUPAVERGAS.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JoeArpaioFan, How about D MISERABLE 1.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham so? people should be shot for being an ass?  you better start investing in some heavy duty Kevlar twit. if that kind of law goes through, you will need it

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JoeArpaioFan, and tell me BITCH, how do U know that they did D right thing. do U know already D outcome of D investigations bitch. 4 it is known , it's only what they (D cops) R saying how it happened, which IMO, there's always doubt.

FuckJoeArpaio
FuckJoeArpaio

@robert_graham@danzigsdaddy 

The title of the article is terrible! What were they thinking? But I'm with danzigsdaddy --  I don't see this like JoeArpaioFan does either.  

Seems like Robert jumps in without reading what he's commenting about most of the time. Just look how he responds to @MaskedMagician1967 below -- who is on the same page as he is.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  can you point out where they are slamming them for shooting? are you so clouded by your ignorance and hate that you can only see them writing this article as a slam? it doesnt read that way at all to me.  to me they are just reporting on two shootings and why they were justifiable. do they have to write it with every other word saying "good cop" for you to see it is not a slam piece?..........................................were you stuck in the birth canal?  loosen the straps on your safety helmet, you arent getting oxygen to your brain

WasupFresno
WasupFresno

@robert_graham@IdontRecall  Idontrecall what Jaffy predicted about the outcome of Melendres v Arpaio...

but I am positive it didn't include a monitor for his hero... this is going to be PRICELESS having a court appointed monitor keeping MCSO in check!

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JoeArpaioFan, 6 MORE DAYS OL' BITCH. TIC TOC TIC TOC, What R U going 2 do puta?. I guess that U R going 2 go 2 the construction sites and suck some "illegals" dicks, since U already have D experience required.What else an OLD CUNT like URself can do. BTW, go back under the OLD FOOL's bed. BIATCH.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham its not okay to advocate violence against anybody. i may make the occasional slip, but you are doing it all the time

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

FJA, I usually condone the use of deadly force but in this case, I fully believe the police were legally justified in ending these two suspects lives.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@FuckJoeArpaio evidently we showed up late on the scene. from what i gather the article was under a different title earlier, but from what i gather of the prior title..................it seemed pretty accurate, those are activities that would get you shot, and the article still isnt slamming on the cops, rather it is explaining their justification, so i say "spot-on"

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