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Bodycam footage shows moments man went into Tempe Town Lake, later drowned

Tempe Town Lake body recovery
Posted at 12:15 PM, May 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-05 11:05:25-04

TEMPE, AZ — Authorities have identified a man who drowned in Tempe Town Lake on May 28.

Tempe police say at around 5 a.m. they made contact for a possible domestic dispute at the Tempe Center for the Arts building.

During interviews with a man and woman, police say it was discovered that the male involved had three outstanding felony warrants.

He was later identified by officials with the City of Tempe as Sean Bickings.

VIDEO: A portion of police bodycam footage has been released by the City of Tempe to show the moments leading up to the incident.

Bodycam video of Tempe Town Lake drowning

Police say during their questioning, Bickings jumped a fence and entered the lake near the pedestrian bridge.

Officers on the scene then reportedly called a police boat and dispatched Tempe fire who both deployed boats to attempt to locate him.

According to police, the Tempe FD dive team arrived at 9:30 a.m. and began searching for the man.

He was located deceased at around 11:20 a.m.