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Bodycam footage shows officer-involved shooting at Queen Creek Walmart after bomb threat

Jacob Packard, 36, has been in the hospital since the incident on May 13, MCSO said.

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. — Body camera footage released Thursday by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows a bomb-threat suspect being shot by deputies May 13 after attempting to flee.

According to MCSO, deputies responded to a Walmart located on East Rittenhouse Road in Queen Creek around 7:30 p.m. for a bomb threat.

The Walmart began evacuating 150 customers and store employees after concern mounted regarding explosive device remarks made by 36-year-old Jacob Packard, MCSO said. 

A perimeter was set up around the building by deputies as the bomb squad arrived, MCSO said. 

Two deputies, who stayed inside the store, negotiated with Packard and asked him to lie on the floor, according to MSCO. Packard complied initially before deputies said he suddenly attempted to flee.

Partial body camera footage released by MCSO from inside the store shows Packard running before one of the deputies fired four shots at him. Three more deputies and a K9 officer then entered the store. 

Deputies handcuffed Packard and administered first aid until fire personnel transferred him to the hospital, MCSO said. 

Packard was still being treated as of Thursday. 

The video below has been edited by the Phoenix Police Department and contains graphic content. Viewer discretion is advised. 

It was later determined Packard was not in possession of an explosive device, MCSO said. 

The deputy who fired at Packard has been placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated, MCSO said. 

“This incident will require a comprehensive operational, internal and criminal review as I recognize the need for additional resources and greater accessibility to highly effective non-lethal weapons and training for the entire organization,” Sheriff Paul Penzone said in a news release. 

Packard is facing aggravated assault charges, MCSO said.  

Anyone who was at the Walmart at the time of the incident is asked to contact MCSO to provide any information they may have at 602-876-8477 and reference IR #21-013985.

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