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Mesa police shoot woman during incident at PD headquarters

Mesa police headquarters shooting
Posted at 4:34 AM, Jul 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-08 18:14:19-04

MESA, AZ — A woman was shot by Mesa police Thursday after allegedly ramming an officer who was driving a patrol vehicle.

Police officials say at about 9 p.m., a shooting happened when an officer driving a marked vehicle was entering the north gate into a secured parking lot of the Mesa Police Department Headquarters building.

While the officer was going through the gate, 39-year-old Taneysha Carter allegedly followed him in a vehicle and rammed the rear end of his patrol vehicle. The officer believes Carter was following him closely for several miles before he arrived at headquarters.

Officials say the officer exited his vehicle and the suspect vehicle was allegedly coming toward him when he opened fire.

Carter exited her vehicle and fled on foot toward a Mesa police holding facility. A second shooting including the same officer happened moments later.

Carter was shot and taken to a hospital for at least one gunshot wound but has since been released and taken into custody.

The officer was not seriously injured in the incident.

Carter faces one count of aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a police officer, and criminal trespassing.