PHOENIX – An Arizona state trooper survived “a fight for his life” by fatally shooting a violent suspect late Thursday night in Tempe, authorities said Friday.
Trooper Hugh Grant encountered 25-year-old Ahmed E A Al-Hashemi acting erratically on Rural Road south of the Loop 202 around 11:50 p.m., Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said at a press conference during which dashboard camera video was shown.
A citizen observer from Mothers Against Drunk Driving was with Grant on a ride-along during the incident.
The suspect, who had knocked a sign into the street, ignored instructions from Grant to get out of the road and continued making gestures and dancing around. Al-Hashemi also charged the trooper’s vehicle and kicked it.
Grant got out and attempted to subdue Al-Hashemi by using a Taser twice, to no effect, and the suspect rushed Grant and started brawling.
“It’s a very violent encounter, a vicious encounter,” Milstead said before showing the video.
Al-Hashemi punched, kicked and head-butted Grant and hit him in the head with his own Taser, Milstead said.
“Ultimately he [Grant] was unable to subdue the subject, and as he felt himself beginning to lose consciousness and realizing that one more blow to the head could mean the life of his citizen observer and of his own, he ended up deploying his duty weapon, and the subject succumbed to his injuries.”