LAST UPDATE: The Mesa Police Department said on Feb. 17 that the suspect from the Feb. 15 officer-involved shooting at 1849 E. Nielson Ave. passed away in the hospital. He’s been identified as Arthur Joseph Gonzales, 57. Cause of death will be determined by the Office of the Medical Examiner which has assumed the death investigation, police said.
Detective Nik Rasheta, a spokesperson for the Mesa Police Department, said on the morning of Feb. 17 that Gonzales was still in the hospital and “expected to survive his injuries. He is likely facing charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct upon his release. A search warrant served at the residence revealed approximately 60 firearms in the residence. Another update will be provided once he is released from the hospital and is formally booked.”
The incident happened at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 when Mesa police responded to a subject with a gun call at 1849 E. Nielson Ave.
Mesa Police Department officials said: “Witnesses reported a man walking in the street with a handgun and a rifle making incoherent statements while waving a gun around. Officers arrived and learned the suspect had gone into the residence. A perimeter was set up and SWAT officers arrived as the scene was secured. The suspect was observed at the front of the residence with the weapon posing a threat and shots were fired. The suspect retreated into the residence and within a few moments was observed at the back of the residence with a weapon posing a threat. A second shooting occurred, and the suspect retreated into the residence.”
Rasheta said: “Officers were then able to observe the suspect inside and he appeared to be injured. He was contacted and detained with no further incident. The suspect sustained a gunshot wound to the arm and was transported to the hospital for treatment. Weapons were located inside the residence and the scene has been secured and will be processed by detectives. The investigation is ongoing.”