Tempe police shoot armed man at Motel 6

TEMPE, AZ - A 25-year-old out-of-state man was sent to the hospital Friday night in extremely critical condition after being shot by Tempe police at a motel.

According to police, they responded to the Motel 6 near McKellips and Scottsdale roads to investigate a domestic violence call on Thursday. Jonathan L. Williams had reportedly assaulted his 24-year-old girlfriend, but she had escaped and called police from a phone across the street at another hotel.

Williams followed her and made a disturbance at the second hotel where he threatened a lobby staff member and knocked over a cup of coffee.

Before police could arrive, Williams had fled the area, but was reported again at the Motel 6 Friday.

Police had information that Williams may have firearms and could fire at officers if they contacted him. Authorities had also relocated the woman to a safer place.

Police arrived back at the Motel 6 around 6 p.m. Friday when they received word that Williams was in the lobby again.

A team was outside the lobby ready to catch Williams, but when he saw them, he fled back inside and reportedly fired at officers.

One of the covering officers fired back at Williams and shot him.

Udit Backshi was working the dinner shift at Udupi Cafe when he heard a gunshot.

"It sounded like somebody was hitting the window," said Backshi.

Backshi said he thought a bird hit the glass, but when he went out to investigate he saw police barricaded behind a tree.

"I saw them shooting in, I saw them shoot into the window at the Motel 6, in the office. I saw glass shattering, I heard a few pops."

The same sounds brought Daneil Sin to the window of his barbershop.

The second he realized it was a gunfight, he told everybody that was in the barbershop to get to the back to make sure everybody was taken care of and nobody got hurt.

As of Saturday, Williams is not expected to survive, according to police.

The officer who fired at the suspect has been routinely placed on administrative leave.

 

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