Jose Moreno, 30

Mesa, Arizona
April 02, 2020

Agencies: Mesa Police Department Arizona

Cause of death: Shooting

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Police say 30-year-old Jose Moreno, was shot and killed by a police officer in Mesa. The shooting happened near Broadway Road and Mesa Drive around 11 p.m. Thursday.

Mesa Police Det. Jason Flam says it started when an officer pulled over Moreno, who was riding on a moped. Moreno tried to drive away and that's when the officer tried to stop him. A struggle between them started and Moreno got hold of the officer's duty belt and allegedly yelled that he had the officer's gun. 

After breaking away from Moreno, the officer saw the suspect pointing what he believed to be a gun at him, Flam said. Fearing for his life, the officer shot Moreno. The officer requested for emergency backup before the shooting happened.

Moreno was shot one time and taken to the hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. The officer involved was not injured.

There was no gun found in Moreno's possession, Flam said.