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Suspect dies following officer-involved shooting in Mesa

Posted at 4:03 PM, Feb 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-19 14:53:11-05

A suspect has died following an officer-involved shooting on Thursday, according to the Mesa Police Department.

Police said in a tweet Thursday afternoon that the shooting happened near Broadway and Gilbert roads.

The suspect was identified Monday as 57-year-old Arthur Gonzales.

"The call initiated as a subject with a gun call," the tweet said. "The scene is contained and the investigation is ongoing."

Witnesses reported to officials that Gonzales was seen walking in the street with a handgun and rifle and making incoherent statements while waving the firearms around, a police spokesperson said.

When officers arrived at the scene, it was discovered that he had gone into a home, authorities said. 

"The suspect was observed at the front of the residence with the weapon posing a threat and shots were fired," a police spokesperson said. "The suspect retreated into the residence and within a few moments was observed at the back of the residence with a weapon posing a threat."

A second shooting occurred and Gonzales went inside the home where he appeared to be injured, officials said.

He was then detained without further incident and taken to the hospital after being shot in the arm.

A police spokesperson said no officers were injured in the incident. 

On Saturday night, police said Gonzales had died at the hospital.

The exact cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner's Office.