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Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free. As soon as the family and friends of year-old Tempe resident Sean Mould learned that he had been fatally shot i n the abdomen by a police officer for allegedly wielding a pocket knife, they were skeptical of the officer's story.
Lieutenant Michael Pooley, Tempe Police Department spokesman, says that while neither the officer who shot Mould nor the one who witnessed the action had a body camera, which means there is no actual recording of Mould holding a knife, the department stands by its version of events.
Now, less than three weeks after the shooting incidentthe TPD has released videos and other evidence that both illuminate what happened in the chaotic few minutes before and after Mould was shot. They also bring up new questions about how officers should respond to people they know to be mentally ill.
On Sunday, December 27, police documents show that several officers were dispatched to the house on Tempe girl seeks sane but nice guy Freemont Drive that Mould shared with his girlfriend of about 10 years, Sitharath Sam, after Sam called the non-emergency police line to ask for assistance in removing an intoxicated Mould from the property.
Officer Adam Shipley was one of the men dispatched to the scene. He says he arrived at the house at p. While approaching the subject and [the officer], I unholstered my duty firearm. As I was drawing my firearm, I realized [the officer] already had his firearm pointed at the subject and I reholstered my firearm.
I then reached for my Tazer and as I was in the process of drawing my Tazer, [the officer] fired two shots at the male subject. Sitharath was screaming and crying. Rojel brought Sam inside the house and began asking her questions. In another interview conducted later that night with Officer Dujhan Brown, Sam relayed more details about what happened earlier that evening.
About p. You are all the same. About 15 minutes later, she says she heard Mould vomiting in the bathroom but added that the yelling began closer to p. Her father told her to stay in [her] bedroom and call back if things at the house got worse. Sam did not respond to multiple requests for comment but according to the police report, she told police that Mould owned a knife and sometimes carried it with him. Lieutenant Michael Pooley of the TPD confirms that the department was familiar with Mould and his drinking problem and had been involved in a handful of non-violent encounters with him in the past.
Servidio tells New Times that in her opinion, the police and news media have only added insult to injury. She says Mould took medication for the disorder, which runs in their family but that the holidays always were a particularly difficult time for him. This senseless shooting happened because a sick man was crying for help.
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