Police: Suspect shot by officers in Gilbert dies

Posted at 1:31 PM, Mar 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 18:34:53-05

A knife-wielding man shot by officers Thursday in Gilbert has died, said police.

Mesa police identified the man on Friday as 27-year-old Sergio Ochoa, a resident of Mesa.

Police said dispatchers received a 911 call from a woman in Mesa claiming she had gotten into an argument with her ex-boyfriend and that he had threatened her with a gun.

That happened a home near Val Vista Drive and Southern Avenue.

She contacted police, but before police arrived, the ex-boyfriend, identified as Ochoa, had already left.

Mesa spokeswoman Diana Williams said the man drove down another street and attempted to steal another woman's phone, but failed.

He then drove south into the town of Gilbert, where police say he entered a home near Lindsay and Warner roads.

Williams said there were seven people inside the home and they were all known to Ochoa.

Police said Ochoa confronted officers with "multiple large kitchen style knives" in the backyard of a home Thursday night near Lindsay and Warner Roads in Gilbert.

Officers shot beanbag rounds at Ochoa, but were unsuccessful in stopping him. He reportedly continued to move toward the officers while holding the knives, which led to fire their weapons, said police.

Ochoa was shot and taken to the hospital where he died.

Police said the knives were recovered from the scene.

No other details were released.