Police Shooting In Scottsdale Turns Many a Head

Posted: Dec. 20th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

A police shooting made headlines in Scottsdale, Arizona when a suspected drunk driver was shot during what had begun as a routine stop. Most curious about the case, however, is the fact that the police didn't do the shooting: the man inadvertently shot himself when fumbling with a pistol. More interesting is the fact that neither he nor the driver was actually drunk.

A man was taken to the hospital early Saturday after he accidentally shot himself during a traffic stop in Scottsdale.


Lt. Kempshner of Scottsdale police said Mesa officers conducting a DUI task force near Main and Scottsdale roads initially pulled the driver of a truck over for suspected impaired driving.


As they approached the vehicle, officers saw the passenger fumbling with something near his feet and seconds later a gun went off.

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