MESA, Ariz. - Mesa police shot and killed a man who reportedly opened fire in the middle of an intersection early Friday morning.
The shooting happened near Alma School and Main Street on Feb. 17. The suspect was identified as 32-year-old Ringo Van Winkle.
A Mesa police officer was monitoring a camera system at around 2:43 a.m., and while monitoring, he saw two men who appeared to be in some sort of argument in the parking lot of a convenience store. One of those men was Van Winkle, officials said.
"The officer kept the camera on Van Winkle as he stood by the bus stop. After a few moments, Van Winkle can be seen running into the intersection firing multiple rounds from the handgun," read a portion of the statement. "Investigators said they do not know who or what he was firing at."
After the shooting, investigators say Van Winkle went back to the sidewalk in front of the convenience store, and when the first officer arrived at the scene, he contacted Van Winkle, and shortly thereafter, that officer fired his weapon, striking Van Winkle, who then fell to the ground.
"When additional officers arrived, a less lethal bean bag round was deployed to gain Van Winkle’s compliance. Officers then tactically approached Van Winkle to take him into custody. While approaching Van Winkle, he did not comply with verbal commands. At this time, one officer deployed a taser, while another officer fired his duty weapon at Van Winkle," read a portion of the statement.
Officials say no officers were injured in the incident.
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