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PHX PD, man exchange gunfire after getting kicked out of bar in west Phoenix

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96th Avenue Camelback OIS
Posted at 5:16 AM, Jun 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-21 14:12:06-04

PHOENIX — A man is facing charges after being accused of shooting toward two Phoenix officers.

Officials with the Phoenix Police Department say it happened just before 1:00 a.m. Sunday, near 95th Avenue and Camelback Road.

Two officers were called to JJ's Grill to remove a 32-year-old man, later identified as Jesse Villasaez, who was involved in an argument inside the bar.

Police said a woman told the officers an ex-boyfriend was possibly following her from another bar in the area.

Later that night, the officers saw the ex-boyfriend arguing with the woman in the patio area of the bar.

The officers removed Villasaez and told him to leave. He drove away, but then looped around and fired shots toward the officers, according to Phoenix police.

At least one officer returned fire. No one was struck during the incident.

Villasaez was eventually stopped and arrested near 67th Avenue and Earll Drive. He is facing multiple charges that include assault and weapons charges.

No officers were injured.

Officials said the two officers involved were in uniform but were not on-duty at the time.

An investigation remains ongoing.