Mesa officers shoot suspect allegedly threatening to use bomb

Police are investigating after an officer-involved shooting in Mesa.

MESA, Ariz. - Mesa police officers were involved in a shooting near Southern Avenue and Mesa Drive early Tuesday morning.

Police said officers were responding to a violation of a restraining order at a home in the area. According to police, the caller said a man was threatening to use a bomb.

Gabriel Gallegos and his family got the scary wake-up call, saying they found a man threatening them from their front lawn.

“We both woke up to him screaming at the officers and we looked out our window and there he is, he’s just like hovering above something,” Gallegos said.

Responding officers shot the suspect. Police say all officers are OK and the suspect was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Gallegos says the man is his mom’s ex-boyfriend. Police confirmed she has an order protection against him, but Gallegos says it doesn’t work.

"He’s been doing this multiple times, not with the bomb, but just being aggressive," he said. "That’s why I feel like more should be done.”

An unknown device was found at the scene, according to police.

Aerial footage showed a large police presence in the area and a Mesa police tactical robot was seen in the front yard of home.

Lincoln Elementary in Mesa was closed for the incident and reopened Tuesday morning.

The investigation is ongoing.

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