DPS investigating shooting involving Buckeye police

Posted at 5:50 PM, Jun 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-26 01:52:12-04

Streets in a residential neighborhood were blocked off for more than seven hours in a Buckeye neighborhood, as police, deputies, and highway patrol troopers responded to a shooting.

Buckeye Police Department spokesman Dan Hoffmeister said dispatchers received a call from out of state asking for a welfare check at an address on Wayland Drive.

When police arrived, Hoffmeister said officers were greeted by gunshots.

Residents living in the area near Southern and Watson expressed shock, saying it was a very peaceful area. They did not expect to see anything like what happened Saturday.

Misty Sanders had just left her home on Wayland Drive for a few minutes to pick up some groceries for dinner, and was unable to get home as police were not allowing anyone through the crime tape.

"I have kids at home right now I can't get home to. I was very worried. Asking them if I could go home, they told me it wasn't safe to go home yet," said Sanders.

Then, she got a frantic call from her 18-year old daughter.

"Apparently they heard gun shots, heard a woman scream for help, then heard more gun shots," added Sanders.

Police told her to tell the kids to stay in the house. The entire neighborhood was on lockdown for more than seven hours.

Another resident worried about the dogs she had left in the backyard. She, like Sanders, ran out for a quick errand, but was unable to get back home.

Police said DPS was taking over the officer-involved shooting part of the investigation, while detectives tried to piece together the rest of it.

Police initially reported this as a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but are now trying to figure out how the man died, after they exchanged gun fire.

One man who lives in the neighborhood said he heard 30-40 gun shots.

Police were casing surrounding neighborhoods with flashlights just before 10 p.m., looking for shell casings.

The victim's name has not been released at this time. Buckeye police plan to release more information about this shooting on Sunday.