Mesa police: Police cruiser strikes suspect during encounter
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Mesa police say a suspect was injured when struck by an officer’s police cruiser after the suspect allegedly pointed an object at the officer in a threatening manner.
Police say a cellphone was found next to the suspect, whose injuries weren’t considered life-threatening.
Detective Nik Rasheta said the incident occurred Thursday evening officers responded to a report by security at a light rail station of a man acting suspiciously and trying to cell items.
Rasheta says the man reached behind his back and then turned toward an officer in a shooting stance while pointing a black object at the officer, who accelerated his vehicle and struck the suspect.
No officers were injured.