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Mesa police deploy 'grappler' device to catch suspect

Police apprehended a suspect accused of shooting a gun in a Mesa neighborhood Tuesday morning by shooting a net onto the defendant's vehicle.

MESA, Ariz. — A fleeing suspect got caught in the Mesa Police Department's web Tuesday morning after officers deployed their special "grabbler" net to immobilize the suspect's car. 

Tre'Shawn Dorsett, 21, was taken into custody on suspicion of weapons offenses after officers used a unique piece of technology to stop his vehicle. 

Witnesses told Mesa police they observed a black Dodge Charger driving past a residence near Main Street and Lazona Drive. After getting into a dispute with someone, the car's driver allegedly fired multiple gunshots at one of the residences, public records show. 

Officers pursued the vehicle and resorted to using the agency's grabbler cannon, which is a special net that shoots out from a police vehicle and latches onto the tire of a fleeing car. 

The grabbler managed to stop the suspect's car and Dorsett denied firing a gun outside the victim's home, court records show. He was booked into jail on charges of discharging a firearm and prohibitively possessing a firearm. 

Credit: Mesa Police Department

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