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One injured during shooting involving Mesa PD officers near Main St and Stapley Dr

No other injuries were reported
Mesa OIS 32 Barkley
Posted at 3:37 PM, Dec 15, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-16 13:01:56-05

MESA, AZ — Authorities are investigating a shooting involving Mesa Police officers that happened Friday near Main Street and Stapley Drive.

Mesa Police Department officials say officers were called to the area for a possible domestic violence situation between family members.

When police arrived, two women spoke to police and told them that there was an argument between a man and the two women.

They told police that the man, who has been identified as 27-year-old David Dimas, locked himself in a shed connected to the trailer and began lighting things on fire from inside.

One of the women had tried to put out the fire by creating a hole in the shed and sticking a hose through it. While doing that, she told police she believed he was harming himself inside.

Police said multiple people were in the trailer, including several children. Officers safely removed everyone inside the trailer before attempting to speak to Dimas in the shed.

He eventually came out of the shed but began walking toward officers and ignoring their instructions.

Less-lethal weapons, including a Taser and bean bag round, were used on the man, but police said he still did not comply. That is when the officer-involved shooting occurred.

The man was taken to the hospital where he is in critical condition. Mesa police said Saturday that Dimas is expected to survive, however.

Police said Dimas was harming himself with a utility knife.

Police determined that as he was walking towards officers, he had a cordless drill in one hand, and the utility knife was concealed by his clothing around his hands.

No officers were injured during this incident.

Mesa police continue to investigate the shooting.

This shooting involving police officers across the Valley marks the 52 time this year.