Domestic violence suspect shot, killed by police officers in Mesa

A wanted suspect was shot and killed by Tempe police officers in a Mesa neighborhood on Thursday afternoon.

The incident began at around 2:30 p.m. in a residential neighborhood near Alma School and Broadway Roads in Tempe.  

Mesa police said that Tempe PD had called them to help with a search by air involving a male suspect involved in a possible domestic violence situation. 

"The Mesa Police Department Air Unit located the [suspect's] vehicle in Tempe and began to relay its location to Tempe Officers," officials said.

Authorities followed the suspect's truck to a Mesa neighborhood, and the man eventually got out and started walking westbound.

Tempe officers eventually approached the suspect near Vine and Rogers.

"When officers attempted to take the man into custody, the man fired a handgun at officers," Mesa PD said. "The officers returned fire, striking the suspect."

The suspect, identified as 41-year-old Breen Reiss, died from his injuries. A handgun was found near his body, police said.

Area residents said they heard more than a dozen gunshot rounds. The shots sprayed the neighborhood, leaving homes pierced with holes.

"[We] were walking towards our family friend's house, walking the same way where the guy pulled up, screeching his tires in a gray Chevy," said one woman, via a translator.

"At this time, it is believed that Tempe officers were involved, no Mesa officers," said a Mesa Police official.

Mesa PD is taking over the investigation. There are no outstanding suspects and no officers were hurt.,

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