The Mesa Police Department was involved in an officer-involved shooting at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, in the 300 block of South Pioneer in Mesa. The shooting resulted in the death of the suspect, 27-year-old Cesar Julian Hernandez Enriquez of Gilbert, according to Mesa Police Department.
The Mesa Police Department has learned that Enriquez was wanted for his involvement in a homicide in Queen Creek earlier that morning. That homicide is being investigated by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Division, according to a press release.
“Multiple 9-1-1 callers reported shots fired in the area of the incident,” Mesa Police Detective Esteban Flores, public information officer, said in the release. “When officers arrived, Enriquez fled on foot and discharged his firearm in the back yard of a residence. He continued to flee eastbound through two residential yards. He was confronted by an officer on South Pioneer Road and ordered to put down the gun. Enriquez did not comply and threatened to shoot himself, before turning and running back towards pursuing officers. At that point, one officer fired his duty-weapon at Enriquez,” he said in the release.
“The initial investigation revealed that Enriquez sustained a single gunshot to his upper body. The wound is consistent with having been self-inflicted,” Detective Flores said in the release.
Confirmation on the cause of death is pending the results of the forensic medical examination and subsequent criminal investigation. The investigation into the shooting and motive is ongoing, police said.
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