Scottsdale police respond to male with tactical vest, grenades

The Scottsdale Police Department is located at 3700 N. 75th St. (photo by Melissa Fittro)

The Scottsdale Police Department is located at 3700 N. 75th St. (photo by Melissa Fittro)

On April 8 just after 4 p.m. Scottsdale Police Department officers confronted a male subject sitting in a vehicle and wearing what appeared to be a tactical vest with grenades attached, according to officials.

The incident caused the shutdown of the streets in the immediate area as the scene was secured and investigated.

At 4 p.m. a Scottsdale officer on routine patrol stopped at the intersection of Shoeman Lane and Brown Avenue to remove some debris from the road.  As she cleared the obstacle she observed a male subject sitting in the back seat of a vehicle with the door open parked on the south side of Shoeman, police reports state.

The subject appeared to be wearing a tactical vest with grenades attached to the front of it.  The officer attempted contact with the subject.  As she attempted to engage him in conversation the subject was not making sense in his responses and would not comply with directions, according to police reports.

The officer then secured the area and requested additional officers to respond.  As additional officers arrived the male subject continued to not respond or comply with officer’s direction.  All the while, he was observed to be reaching into the trunk area of the vehicle through the back seat.  A short time later he exited the vehicle, but was now not wearing the vest. He was then detained by officers, police stated.

As the male subject was detained four male subjects contacted on scene officers indicating that the male subject was with them. The four males were all dressed in dark suit coats and were wearing tactical vests under their coats.  They were less than cooperative and evasive in their reason for being in the area and why they were wearing vest. They would provide little information about the vest that the officers had observed with the grenades.

Based on the observations of the officers and actions of the involved subjects the scene was held and an explosive detection canine was called to the scene.  That canine alerted on the vehicle, police stated.

At that point the Mesa Police Department Bomb Squad responded to scene to clear the vehicle.  In doing so they found the vest.  The vest turned out to in fact have two grenade type devices attached to the front, police stated. These were found to be “airsoft smoke grenades” used in paintball games. Also found in the car was a shot gun and ammo.

Further investigation revealed that the male subject that had been originally contacted and non-compliant had some extent of diminished mental capacity.  It is believed that he was not failing to comply, but simply not able to understand and process the situation.  It was learned that the other four subjects all had valid armed security licenses issued by the state of Arizona.  The shotgun was owned by one of the subjects and stored within the parameters of state law, reports stated.

One subject was arrested for a non-related warrant all of the others were released at the scene.

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