Suspected drug-user starts fight, pulls knife on Scottsdale officer

Dylan Robert Liberti (photo by Scottsdale police)

Dylan Robert Liberti (photo by Scottsdale police)

One suspect is in custody after starting a physical altercation with a Scottsdale police officer on the morning of Friday, Nov. 27, according to officials.

At 8:30 a.m., a Scottsdale patrol officer stopped a male subject for “jaywalking” across Shea Boulevard in the area of 7250 E. Shea, reports state. During the encounter, the suspect, Dylan Robert Liberti, 23, showed signs of being under the influence of drugs, according to police.

“Immediately after being contacted, the subject refused the officer’s commands and began to physically fight with the officer,” police reports state.

A Good Samaritan bystander saw the altercation and jumped in to help the officer. During the active fight, Liberti pulled a knife from his pocket, according to police.

The knife was successfully knocked away by the officer. As the fight continued, Liberti made several attempts to grab the officer’s gun, the report states. The officer and the bystander were able to eventually handcuff Liberti.

The citizen was uninjured and the officer suffered only minor abrasions, stated police. Liberti was transported to a local hospital with cuts and abrasions.

He is now facing multiple felony charges including Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, police stated.

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