MARICOPA — A man has been arrested and no injuries are reported after police say he started shooting a gun in a Maricopa neighborhood early Friday morning, causing one officer to flee for cover.
According to city spokesman Luis Villa, the incident began around 1 a.m. in the Tortosa neighborhood in eastern Maricopa. Several calls had come into police dispatch reporting gunshots in the neighborhood.
Officers arrived on the scene and started canvassing the area. In the 35000 block of West Marin Avenue, an officer spotted a man standing in a lit home entryway. The officer started speaking to the man while he sat in his police vehicle, but soon after the man allegedly without provocation raised a rifle toward the officer.
Seeking cover, the officer sped away from the man, and as he was driving away he reported hearing gunshots coming from the area where they had just been speaking.
Maricopa Police Department negotiators, Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers and a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team arrived on the scene to secure the area.
It wasn’t until 5 a.m. that the negotiators made phone contact with the suspect, who was inside his home. It took about 30 minutes to convince him to meet officers in front of the house, and he was detained without incident. According to Villa, early indications show the man, who has yet to be identified, was under the influence of an illicit drug.
Police continued to investigate the scene as the sun rose, with residents finding bullet holes in nearby houses. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call MPD’s non-emergency number at 520-568-3673.