PD: Man shot by Tempe police at motel dies

TEMPE, AZ - A 25-year-old man shot by Tempe police officers on Friday has died, according to a police spokesman.

Det. Jaime Garibay with Tempe police said Jonathan L. Williams died Sunday afternoon due to injuries sustained during the Friday night shooting at a Motel 6 near McKellips and Scottsdale roads.

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Tempe Lt. Scott Smith said officers were responding to a domestic violence call regarding an incident that happened the night before.

Williams allegedly assaulted his 24-year-old girlfriend, according to the report.

Police said Williams' girlfriend escaped Thursday to a Quality Suites hotel, located across the street from the Motel 6, after she was allegedly assaulted.

Williams reportedly followed his girlfriend and confronted her in the lobby of the hotel where he knocked over a cup of coffee and verbally threatened an employee. Police were called, but Williams fled prior to their arrival, according to Smith.

On Friday, authorities were called back to the Motel 6 after Williams reportedly returned and was in the motel's lobby. A "contact team" was formed and tried to make contact with the suspect.

Police said Williams ran into the lobby once he was contacted by officers, turned around and began shooting at officers with a handgun. An officer returned fire, striking the suspect. He was taken to a local hospital where he died Sunday.

Williams' girlfriend was taken to a different area on Thursday. She was not at the motel on Friday, police said.

The officer who fired his weapon has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is routine.

 

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