PD: Mesa officers open fire on armed man who was making threats

A 32-year-old man is in custody after officers opened fire during a standoff Tuesday night in a Mesa neighborhood.

According to Mesa Police, officers responded to a home near Signal Butte and Elliot Roads at around 7:30 p.m. after a 911 caller reported a domestic violence situation and said an intoxicated man armed with guns was making threats.

After arriving at the scene, the suspect's wife came outside and said her 2-year-old child was in the upstairs bedroom and her husband, Dominic Alvarez, was inside the house armed with a rifle.

The wife also told police that he had a handgun and was pointing it to his head during the fight. After she took his weapon away, Alvarez reportedly grabbed an AR-15 and threatened to shoot her if she didn't give back his gun.

When police arrived, they heard a gunshot go off inside the home.

"As officers moved past the house, they observed a male through the front window pointing a rifle in their direction," police said in a statement on July 21. "One officer then fired one round through the front window."

After police issued commands, Alvarez came outside and was taken into custody.

Alvarez was booked into jail and faces two domestic violence charges.

The child was not hurt and was reunited with the mother.

No officers were injured.

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