The male suspect who was shot yesterday at 849 S. Sirrine remains in stable condition at a local hospital, according to the Mesa Police Department. He is pending charges upon his release and until then will not be identified, said Mesa Police Department spokesperson Nikolas Rasheta. During the initial contact with the suspect officers observed an unidentifiable ball like object near his mid-section while he made suicidal statements to the officers and stated he had a bomb, Rasheta said. The suspect was attempting to light a fuse when he was shot, police said.
After being shot, the suspect was separated from the device and was transported to the hospital, Rasheta said. The device was determined to be four separate and individual viable explosive devices connected through one wick fuse (commonly used in model rockets or fireworks) and was eventually seized and transported out of the area for safety, Rasheta said. The devices were made of metal and had the appearance of being homemade pipe bombs, he said.
This investigation is ongoing and further information will be provided when charges are made, Rasheta said.