PD: Shots fired as man attempts to run over ex-girlfriend's son in Chandler

Posted at 1:39 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 16:53:35-04

CHANDLER — Chandler police have arrested a man who allegedly tried to hit his ex-girlfriend's son with her car after a verbal altercation took place in an apartment complex parking lot.

On May 16 around 8 p.m., police were called to the area of Frye and Alma School roads for reports of shots fired.

Earlier in the day, Anthony George Martinez, 58, and his ex-girlfriend had been drinking. At the time, Martinez had an active domestic violence warrant for assaulting her. The two arrived at the woman's apartment complex when they were confronted by her son in the parking lot.

According to court paperwork, Martinez began to argue with his ex-girlfriend's son.

A verbal, then physical altercation took place between the two while Martinez sat in the passenger's seat of his ex-girlfriend's car, police say.

The ex-girlfriend's son allegedly pushed the vehicle's door closed, preventing Martinez from exiting the vehicle.

Martinez then allegedly jumped into the driver's seat and drove toward his ex-girlfriend's son, striking the victim and the victim's car, which he was standing near in an attempt to hide.

Police say the victim/son was armed at the time of the altercation, and fired one shot at the vehicle in self-defense.

Martinez attempted to exit the apartment complex's parking lot, but struck an entry/exit gate, causing significant damage, according to police.

Police say Martinez was apprehended as he was fleeing the scene of the crash.

Martinez is being charged with one count of aggravated assault, one hit-and-run count, and one count of criminal damage.

Court records indicate this is not Martinez's first run-in with the law. Prior convictions include assault, aggravated assault, assault on an officer, weapons misconduct, armed robbery, felony flight and burglary.