APACHE JUNCTION — Police deployed a bean bag shotgun and stun gun to subdue an unruly San Tan Valley man after responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle.

After an intense struggle, Apache Junction Police arrested Patrick Acosta, 37, of San Tan Valley for resisting arrest and third-degree criminal trespassing.

AJPD officers were called to investigate a suspicious vehicle parked at the Circle K store on West Apache Trail at 7:38 p.m. on April 12.

Officers found a vehicle with extremely dark tinted windows that had been parked in the lot for several hours, though the driver had moved the car around the lot several times in the period it was there.

Police boxed the vehicle in and shined spotlights into the passenger cabin. The windows were covered inside with heavy condensation, according to police reports.

As the officer was getting out of a patrol car, the brake lights of the vehicle came on and it appeared that the driver was attempting to drive away, though boxed in by patrol vehicles.

“The male was clearly looking for an exit route but was unable to find one,” an AJPD officer wrote in a report.

The officer used his public address system and told the man to turn the vehicle off and to get out.

“The man continued to slowly move the vehicle forward a little bit at a time. I at that time requested another unit,” the officer wrote.

Four other law enforcement officers came to the scene.

Police continued to give the man instructions to exit the vehicle, but he did not comply nor even respond.

“At times, the male would show officers both of his hands and then drop one hand out of sight, appearing to be reaching for something or messing around with something just out of the officers’ sight. This occurred several times,” a police probable cause statement reads.

Finally officers were able to talk the man out of the vehicle and he told them he wasn’t doing anything wrong. When he exited the vehicle, he left the door open but blocked the officers’ view.

“The male continued reaching into the vehicle, on his person and into the driver’s-side door area. Officers were able to move up and get the door shut,” court records state.

“The male continued not obeying the direct commands. At this time, I deployed my less lethal shotgun. I fired one round that struck the male in the right upper thigh/leg area. The impact had little effect on the male,” the AJPD officer wrote in the report.

Other officers were able to make physical contact and deployed a stun gun, shooting the distracted man in the chest.

“The Taser had no effect on the male due to negative contact by one of the probes,” the officer’s statement reads.

Police were finally able to just outnumber him and take him into custody.

“This was very difficult due to the male being completely covered in sweat with his clothing also being completely soaked with sweat. After several minutes, officers were able to place him into custody,” the officer wrote.

The report states he believed Acosta was under the influence of drugs but he was not charged for that.

Acosta was transported to Banner Goldfield Hospital with a high heart rate and not responding to health questions. A blood sample was taken to determine if he was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Acosta was taken to the Pinal County Adult Detention Center, where he was jailed pending the posting of a $1,000 secured bond, but he remained jailed.


Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.