Man accused of hitting Mesa police car during traffic stop, leading to officer-involved shooting

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — The Mesa Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred late Thanksgiving night.

The first reports of a heavy police presence came in around 11 p.m. to the neighborhood near Horne and Southern Avenue. According to police, officers attempted to stop Joaquin Santiago Orozco, 23, for a traffic violation. After failing to stop, two officers in a patrol car followed him. Driving on Franklin Avenue, the officers were struck by the suspect as he made a right turn. At that point, Orozco attempted to take off before hitting another vehicle. When Orozco turned around, both officers fired their weapons at him. Orozco fled, and police later found the getaway car a short distance away.

An officer made contact with Orozco near 8th Avenue and Center Street, where he was allegedly shirtless. He attempted to run away, but officers were able to apprehend him without incident. One officer was taken to hospital as a precaution after suffering a minor head injury from the wreckage. That officer has since been released from the hospital.

Orozco faces several aggravated charges including DUI, endangerment, reckless driving and unlawful flight from law enforcement.

This marks the 58th officer-involved shooting in Maricopa County so far this year, according to Arizona family records.

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