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Mesa police involved in deadly shooting near Dobson Road and University Drive

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Posted at 5:12 AM, Feb 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-08 18:31:43-05

MESA, AZ — Police officers were involved in a deadly shooting early Tuesday morning in Mesa.

The incident started as a reported family fight after 3 a.m. in the area of the Sycamore Square Apartments near Dobson Road and University Drive. Police say a 36-year-old man arrived at a home owned by his parents, who reportedly had an order of protection to be served against him.

The man, identified by police as Brian Schneider, ignored authority commands and pointed what they believed to be a handgun at them, prompting two officers to fire at Schneider.

An investigation later revealed that Schneider was in possession of a replica gun, according to Mesa police.

Home surveillance video given to ABC15 captured the moment police fired at least eight shots toward Schneider.

“We were definitely concerned,” said a neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous.

This neighbor lives near where the family dispute started.

“Definitely like sort of yelling or maybe commands being issued by police,” he told ABC15.

“The call came out at about 3:17[a.m.]. The officers arrived on scene at around 3:20[a.m.], and the officer involved shooting happened at around 3:22 in the morning. It all happened very quickly,” said Sergeant Chuck Trapani, with the Mesa Police Department.

Officials pronounced Schneider dead at the scene.

No officers were hurt during the incident.