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Critical Incident Briefing: January 8, 2022 52nd Avenue and Baseline Roadhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2208Police1/21/2022 10:16:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/6LKKdr6RfyYCritical Incident Briefing: January 8, 2022 52nd Avenue and Baseline Road<div class="ExternalClass76CA9B3B01B7471DBF76A45C08373DCD"><html> <p></p> WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.<br> <br>The Phoenix Police Department released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an officer-involved shooting (OIS) which occurred on January 8, 2022 in the area 52nd Avenue and Baseline Road.<br><br>This incident occurred just after midnight, when a witness called 911 to report a man breaking into a business that was closed at the time. The man was later identified as 26-year old Matthew Bia.<br><br>Video surveillance from the business showed Bia unsuccessfully attempt to break the glass door of the business for almost 2 minutes.<br><br>After unsuccessful attempts, Bia returned two minutes later with an object and was able to break the glass and enter the store.<br><br>Once inside the closed business, Bia walked around, and attempted to manipulate the registers.<br><br>When the first officer arrived, he parked his vehicle at the front of the store. He saw Bia inside of the business and attempted to speak to him. The officer gave Bia commands to come out of the store, but he refused. <br><br>After a few moments, Bia, with his left hand on his head, moved his right hand to his waistline, and turned sideways so that his right side was away from the officer. <br><br>He then extended his hand and arm quickly from his waist, towards the officer. That is when the officer involved shooting occurred. The officer fired one round, and Bia fell to the ground, but it was later determined he was not struck by the bullet.  <br><br>After the shooting, Bia continued to extend his arm out toward the officer.  <br><br>After about 4 minutes he complied with officers, crawled out of the store and laid on the ground. <br><br>Officers moved towards Bia and placed him under arrest. No weapon was found on or around Bia.<br><br>Bia was not injured by the shot; he did suffer minor injuries to his hands from the broken glass door. <br><br>Bia was booked into jail for aggravated assault on an officer, burglary, and criminal damage.<br><br>The officer involved in this shooting has been with the department for about two years and is assigned to the South Mountain Precinct.<br><br>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.<br> <br>Public records law required redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. That is why you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.<br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolice
Critical Incident Briefing: January 6, 2022 17th Avenue and Van Buren Streethttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2207Police1/20/2022 9:48:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/q68BMQjixwsCritical Incident Briefing: January 6, 2022 17th Avenue and Van Buren Street<div class="ExternalClass8C61546841744583B5600F86C8393388"><html>​WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.<br> <br>The Phoenix Police Department released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an officer-involved shooting (OIS) which occurred on January 6, 2022 in the area 17th Avenue and Van Buren Street.<br><br>This incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. when a convenience store employee called 911 to report a number of customers told him about a man outside with a gun who was threatening to rob the store.  <br><br>“… But they said that he's flashed a gun and he's talking about robbing the place," said the convenience store employee to the 911 operator. <br><br>Two officers in the area arrived on scene about 3 minutes later.  They contacted 32-year-old Gary Sherrod who was seated outside the store. Sherrod stood up and officers noticed he had a gun in his hand. The two officers gave multiple commands for Sherrod to drop the gun, which he ignored. Sherrod held the gun in front of his body, moving it around in different directions.<br><br>The officers' body worn cameras were activated. However, the views were obstructed at times, including at the time of the shooting. <br><br>The officer who fired told investigators Sherrod pointed the weapon in his direction, which resulted in the officer-involved shooting. <br><br>Slightly more than a minute elapsed from the time the officers contacted Sherrod to the time of the officer-involved shooting.<br><br>After the shooting, officers could see Sherrod no longer had the gun. It was on the ground out of his reach. They moved in to detain him and provided medical aid until the Phoenix Fire Department arrived.  <br><br>Sherrod was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for the gunshot wound. He is expected to survive his injuries and upon release from the hospital, will be booked in to jail.<br><br>The handgun used by Sherrod was recovered on scene and determined to be a pellet gun.<br><br>The officer involved in this shooting has been with the department for three years and is assigned to the Central City Precinct.<br><br>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.<br> <br>Public records law required redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. That is why you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.​<br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolice
Shooting of Phoenix Officer Tyler Moldovanhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2171Police12/14/2021 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2171/Moldovan_Newsroom.jpgShooting of Phoenix Officer Tyler Moldovan<div class="ExternalClassBB086E585EC7426B95F5CC34A5B79DA3"><html> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">Phoenix Police Officer Tyler Moldovan is fighting for his life after being shot multiple times in the line of duty. This is an incredibly somber time for the Phoenix Police Department and the entire community, but even more so for Officer Moldovan’s wife and family. We ask that you keep them in your thoughts.   </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <br style=""> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">Just after 2:00 a.m., officers received multiple calls about vehicles driving erratically in the area of 19th Avenue and Camelback Road. Officers located a car matching the description of one of the vehicles parked at an apartment complex in the area of 15th Avenue and Camelback Road. There was no one in the car. As officers searched the surrounding area, Officer Moldovan found 24-year-old Essa Williams hiding behind a short wall of an apartment patio. Officer Moldavan began giving commands to Williams, who then pulled out a gun and began shooting. Officer Moldovan was struck by multiple bullets.  <br style=""></span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <br style=""> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">Other officers on the scene heard the gunfire and ran in that direction. They were able to take Williams into custody without further incident. No officers discharged their weapons. Officer Moldovan was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he remains in critical condition. </span></div> <div><br style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"></div><div></div><div><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">Williams was booked into the Maricopa County Jail for numerous charges to include Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Possession of a Weapon by Prohibited Person, and Resisting Arrest.​</span></div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span></span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">The Phoenix Police Department is committed to conducting a thorough and complete investigation to ensure justice is served. We ask for the public’s patience as we piece together the remaining details of this shooting. </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <br style=""> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">Officer Moldovan graduated the Phoenix Regional Police Academy in March of this year and just turned 22-years-old last month. Officer Moldovan is married, his parents and brother also live in Arizona.  </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <br style=""> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">This is a devastating reminder of the dangers faced by those who have chosen to protect and serve our community 24/7.  </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <br style=""> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">Please keep Officer Moldovan, his family, friends, and the entire Phoenix Police Department in your thoughts and prayers.<br style=""></span></div><div><br style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"></div><div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="" id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>​Updated: Dec. 14, 3pm​<span style="" id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br style=""></span></div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><br style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> </span></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNewspolicePolice
City, Police Department Launch New Website for Community Updates on the USDOJ Investigation https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2121Police10/28/2021 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2121/DOJ Newsroom.pngCity, Police Department Launch New Website for Community Updates on the USDOJ Investigation <div class="ExternalClassD60787407F8C4E598B2722E4D4B13E3A"><html>​The City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department are committed to keeping the public informed about the federal investigation currently underway into pattern or practices related to police and city activity.   <br><br>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">On October 28, 2021, the city launched a new a “Department of Justice Community Resources” website where residents can find information on the ongoing Civil Pattern or Practice inquiry into the Phoenix Police Department by the U.S. Department of Justice.  </span><br><div><br></div><div>The site includes frequently asked questions, a timeline of events which includes weekly summaries of the investigation, copies of news conferences/news releases and contact information for residents wishing to reach out to the DOJ on this investigation. We anticipate providing weekly updates to the <a href="/police/doj" target="_blank">www.Phoenix.gov/DOJ​</a> site to keep the public informed. </div><div><br></div><div>The DOJ announced its investigation on August 5, 2021. The department and city welcome this inquiry to help us understand how we can better serve the community.      </div><div><br></div><div>It is important to note that this investigation is an investigation of systems and policies identifying​ practices or patterns related to specific areas.  </div><div><br></div><div>This is not an investigation of individuals or any one specific incident.   </div><div><br></div><div>​To provide feedback, give input, or find out more about this process you can contact the DOJ directly at:  </div><div><br></div><div>866-432-0335</div><div>phoenix.community@usdoj.gov<br></div><br><br><br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNewspolicePolice
2021 Faith and Blue Weekendhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2088Police10/1/2021 8:08:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/O8iWafZYcQ02021 Faith and Blue Weekend<div class="ExternalClassACB3F02A0FC848458FCF363A4D3BA595"><html> The Phoenix Police Department is once again proud to be participating in the National Faith and Blue Weekend, October 8-11, 2020. This weekend brings law enforcement officers, faith leaders and the community together through collaborative initiatives that build bridges and breaks down biases. Law enforcement and faith-based groups working together are key pillars within our community. <br> <br> Join the Phoenix Police Department and local faith leaders for the following events:​​​​<br>​​​<br><strong>Phoenix Police Department Faith and Blue Chaplain Showcase</strong><br><br>There’s a dynamic group of people who support public safety personnel behind the scenes.  Their commitment brings them to the front lines of crisis and their generosity leads them to be available at a moment’s notice.  Tune in for this special feature as we highlight volunteer chaplains who serve the Phoenix Police Department and fellow agencies and hear firsthand about their call to service.<br><br>Date: Friday, October 8<br>Time: 8 a.m.<br>Weblinks: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/PhoenixPolice/" target="_blank">Phoenix Police Facebook page​</a> and <a title="YouTube page" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/phxpd" target="_blank">Phoenix Police YouTube Channel</a><br><br><br><br><strong>Phoenix Police Department Faith and Blue Interfaith Prayer Experience</strong><br><br>Join Chief Williams and faith leaders from across Phoenix as they unite our city in prayer.  You’re invited to this event for a moment of peace and unity to uplift those who serve the community through their roles within policing.  This event is open to the public.  All faiths are welcome.  Please follow directions for mask use and social distancing.<br><br>Date: Saturday, October 9<br>Time: 9-11 a.m.<br>Location:  Grace Walk Church – 7840 W. Lower Buckeye Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85043<br><div>Facebook (LIVE): <a title="Facebook page" href="https://www.facebook.com/PhoenixPolice" target="_blank">Phoenix Police Facebook page​</a></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><strong>Guarding our Sukkat Shalom: How the Jewish Community works with the Phoenix Police Department</strong><br><br>​Major headlines have been covering how law enforcement and communities work together to address significant issues and ease resident concerns about their safety.  The Phoenix Police Department has been working closely with local Jewish leaders and residents to build a valuable connection that engages the whole community.  Log-in to learn how we stay connected, who is serving the community, and how you can get involved.  A special presentation from the Bias Crimes Unit will also be shared.<br><br>Date: Monday, October 11<br>Time: 6-8 p.m.<br>Weblink: <a title="Webex link" href="https://phoenixpublicmeetings.webex.com/phoenixpublicmeetings/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef836c953257865ec2855ef7aac119e13" target="_blank">Phoenix Public Meeting</a><br><br>We hope that you will be able to join us.<br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolice
Hot Desert, Cold Cases: Shirley Taylor https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2082Police9/26/2021 10:29:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/aeAUI1MZ9DYHot Desert, Cold Cases: Shirley Taylor <div class="ExternalClass9D06A22682694DD3BF7C798EC247BC27"><html> <p></p>It was the evening of September 24, 2020—a night Katrina Taylor, sadly, will never forget. <br><br>"It's just like, did this really happen?" Katrina Taylor asked. "Just a random, senseless act of violence." <br><br>Katrina's mom, Shirley Taylor, was sitting on the front lawn of a family member's home in south Phoenix, near Weir Avenue and 17th Way. It was a typical evening for her, and some other family and friends. As fate would have it, Katrina was not there that night. <br><br>"We just sit outside, listen to music, talk, and stuff like that," Katrina explained. "And so that's what they were doing that night. From my understanding, they had just barely got there—barely sat down, started listening to music, and the shooting and everything started."<br><br>Just before 8 p.m., a dark-colored, four-door sedan rounded the corner and shots rang out. The car, with three black male suspects inside, kept driving. Shirley and two others who had been hit were taken to the hospital. Two of the three survived. Shirley did not. <br><br>"It's been hard," Katrina said through tears. "Like, there's not a day that goes by when I don't think about her. Or a day when like, I just want to call my mom, or I need my mom."<br><br>Phoenix Police Detective Steven Skinner heads up the investigation, and was on scene the night it happened. Though leads on who did this have gone cold, he isn't giving up. <br><br>"Based on the age, and family, I look at it as this could have been my mother, based on the circumstances," Det. Skinner said. "And I just want justice for the family."<br><br>Det. Skinner says they believe these victims were not targeted, but simply in the wrong place at the wrong time—just one more reason he wants justice for this family. <br><br>"She's a 63 year old female, a grandmother, and a mother to numerous kids, and numerous grandchildren," the detective explained. "And also a church-going woman, and by all accounts, she didn't have an enemy in the world."<br><br>If you have any information regarding this case, contact Silent Witness at 480-Witness, or leave an anonymous tip on the Silent Witness website at <a href="http://silentwitness.org/" target="_blank">silentwitness.org</a>. You will remain anonymous, and could earn a cash reward.<br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolice
Critical Incident Briefing: September 10, 2021 7th Avenue and Willetta Streethttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2080Police9/24/2021 10:03:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/CJV3YUqEuuICritical Incident Briefing: September 10, 2021 7th Avenue and Willetta Street<div class="ExternalClass1FB58C88A1744D05BCB6F52B856D3DB3"><html> <p></p>WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised. <br> <br>The Phoenix Police Department released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to a death investigation that occurred after a man was detained by police on September 10, 2021, near 7th Avenue and Willetta Street.<br><br>The incident began when Phoenix police received multiple reports of a male walking naked in the street. <br><br>The man in this incident was later identified as 28-year-old Jessee Rickman. <br><br> “…he was in the, the median, like the middle lane, uh, just walking down the street completely naked," reported one 9-1-1 caller. <br><br>When officers first arrived, they saw the Rickman in the middle of the road, naked, appearing upset, and making non-sensical statements.  Additional officers were called to the scene. <br><br>Officers tried to detain Rickman in order to move him out of the roadway. He resisted, resulting in a struggle and him going to the ground. During the struggle, Rickman kicked officers and hissed at them. It took officers about three minutes to place Rickman in handcuffs.<br><br>Rickman's legs were secured with a RIPP restraint which was linked to his handcuffs and a spit hood was also placed on his head.  A RIPP restraint is a device used to secure the legs of an individual to minimize their ability to kick. A spit hood is a mesh cloth material that prevents a person from spitting on others while still allowing them to breath. <br><br>He was then put on his side, in what is known as the recover position, while officers on scene requested the assistance from the Phoenix Fire Department. <br><br>Rickman was moved to a seated position on the sidewalk while waiting for paramedics. When Phoenix Fire Paramedics arrived, they began evaluating Rickman. About 10 minutes into the evaluation, an officer realized that Rickman had lost consciousness. Phoenix Fire began lifesaving measures and transported Rickman to a local hospital where he was subsequently pronounced deceased. <br><br>The officers involved in this incident are assigned to the Mountain View and Central City Precincts. They range from 23-50 years of age and have between two and 17 years of service with the Phoenix Police Department. <br><br>There were no injuries to officers or other community members.<br> <br>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.<br> <br>Public records law required redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. Therefore, you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.<br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolice
Composite Sketch Helps Identify Sexual Assault Suspecthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2065Police9/17/2021 12:33:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2065/Suspect Arrest Newsroom.pngComposite Sketch Helps Identify Sexual Assault Suspect<div class="ExternalClass3679A3EEB88E4C7196B0D121B6C0838E"><html> ​A heads-up Phoenix police crime analyst and good old-fashioned police work helped identify and arrest a sexual assault suspect less than 48 hours after the attack. <br><br> On September 13, 2021, just after 7:30 a.m., Phoenix officers responded to the canal bank in the area of 200 East Las Palmaritas Drive. When officers got there, they contacted a woman who reported that she had been attacked and sexually assaulted by an unknown male, who fled the area prior to police arrival.  <br><br> Detectives, patrol officers and civilian analysists immediately began working relentlessly on this case. The victim was able to assist a forensic artist in creating a sketch to circulate to the public. As part of that investigation, a crime analyst took the initiative to compare the sketch, being readied for release, to recent booking photos. The analyst not only recognized a similarity between the sketch and a recently arrested suspect, but the analyst noticed the shirt the suspect was wearing in the booking photo, matched the descrption of the shirt the sexual assault victim provided to detectives. <br><br> That suspect was arrested for a misdemeanor assault for an incident that took place the morning after the canal attack. The second assault occurred, on September 14, 2021, at about 6 a.m., in the area of 7th Avenue and Campbell Avenue. The victim from that incident was walking on 7th Avenue when an adult male assaulted and tackled the victim to the ground. Two Good Samaritans intervened and restrained the male suspect until police arrived. That suspect, Charles Torbeck Jn Michely was arrested and booked into Maricopa County Jail for one count of assault.<br><br> While pursuing the similarity between the sketch and Michely, detectives learned that Michely was wearing a GPS ankle monitor.  Data from that monitor placed him in the area of the canal sexual assault, and the victim in that case was able to identify Michely in a photographic lineup, as the man who attacked her.<br><br> <p>Additional booking charges were added to Michely including attempted murder, sexual assault, and kidnapping. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNewspolicePolice

 

 

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