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PD: Man in custody after he allegedly pointed flare gun at officers in Mesa

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Posted at 5:42 AM, Mar 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-26 19:10:19-04

MESA, AZ — Mesa police placed a 27-year-old man in custody Thursday night after they say he allegedly pointed a gun at officers near Main Street and Alma School Road.

Authorities said just after 8 p.m., officers were making a traffic stop on a bicyclist in the area for a civil traffic violation.

As officers approached the suspect, later identified as 27-year-old Joseph Diamond, he began to run away.

During the pursuit, Diamond turned towards the officers and allegedly pulled out what appeared to be a gun and pointed it at them. This led to a shooting, according to police.

Diamond ran into an apartment complex where he was eventually located and taken into custody.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Police said investigators recovered a flare gun, pictured below courtesy of Mesa police, with the orange part allegedly wrapped in silver duct tape, from the scene.

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Diamond was booked for felony charges that include aggravated assault for using a simulated deadly weapon.