New details released after Gilbert officers kill armed man in standoff

A man was shot and killed by Gilbert police officers after an hours-long standoff at The Flats at SanTan apartment complex on April 9.

The situation began the night before when a woman called police to report that her ex-boyfriend, who she had restraining order against, was on her way to her apartment near Williams Field and Greenfield Road.

Police say 27-year-old Jonathan Mosqueda had been wearing an ankle monitor for a separate incident, and he had removed it before making his way to the woman's apartment.

An officer arrived at the woman's apartment and while he was inside talking to her, they heard a knock outside and discovered a basket of Easter eggs at the door that hadn't been there before.

"The officer stepped out and as he opened a door leading to the stairwell, Mosqueda was seen standing by the doorway carrying a black backpack on the front of his chest," police said in an update on May 12.

The man ran away, and "a perimeter was established around the apartment complex," officials said.

Authorities found Mosqueda hiding on the premises and began hours of negotiations to get him to surrender.

"The handgun was visible and next to the subject during the entire time," Gilbert PD said in a statement.

At around 2 a.m., the man reportedly jumped on an AC unit and picked up his gun. Police shot him multiple times in response, and he died from his injuries.

Police say they found handcuffs and duct tape in Mosqueda's backpack.

Neighbors shaken

Heather Reed just moved to the apartment complex, and another resident who didn't want to be identified, also just moved in and says she was not expecting to hear news like this.

"I heard a helicopter flying definitely lower than it should be and I saw a spotlight. I looked out my window and sure enough, there was a lot of activity in my parking lot that was scary," Reed said.

The other neighbor said, "I did hear a lot of gunshots. I’m not too sure about what’s going on. I just moved in here last week – I thought this was a safe area so I am concerned about that."

It's not something they're used to seeing. But now, some of them are happy about the increased police presence since the incident.

"This morning I saw police officers twice. Once early this morning when I was walking the dog and then as I was pulling in from the grocery store," Reed said.

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