ELOY — The Pinal County SWAT team was called out to an Eloy residence on Thursday afternoon after a man barricaded himself in his home following a dispute over change at a Circle K.

Joseph Myers, 37, was taken into custody nearly four hours after the incident began at the Circle K on Main Street. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a warrant and a probation violation.

PCSO Joseph Meyers

Joseph Meyers

Eloy Police officers responded to a call at 4:14 p.m. at the Circle K on Main Street in reference to a man with a gun.

The caller advised that a man was upset over the change he received and threw it back at the clerk.

Upon further investigation it was determined that Myers and another man entered the Circle K and purchased beer. After the purchase there was a dispute over 21 cents in change.

The store clerk followed the two men out of the store and to their vehicle trying to solve the dispute.

The clerk told police that the driver of the vehicle had a handgun and waved it at her and remembered the driver was wearing a black hoodie.

According to Eloy Police Sgt. Kristie Barnette, officers were on scene at the Circle K within two minutes and were able to locate the vehicle outside a residence at 1203 N. Myers Blvd.

An officer saw a man fitting the description enter the residence and didn’t see him come out.

“We surrounded the residence and because it was a barricaded subject and he was believed to be armed, we contacted Pinal County Regional SWAT,” Barnette told PinalCentral on Thursday night. “We held the scene until they arrived and turned it over to them.”

According to the press release, one of the men was contacted and detained for questioning but would not let officers inside the residence. The man said his son and son-in-law live with him in the residence.

Around 8 p.m. Myers was in police custody and on his way to the Pinal County jail.

After searching the residence officers we unable to locate the handgun but did find a knife.


Staff Writer Suzanne

Adams-Ockrassa contributed to this story.