Video released of officer-involved shooting in January - Tucson News Now

Video released of officer-involved shooting in January

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Greenlee County Attorney's Office has released video footage of the shooting that injured two officers and killed one man in Morenci in January 2015.

Dep. John Mennen of the Greenlee County Sheriff's Office and Clifton Police Sgt. Jason Mingura were treated at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson for injuries sustained from the incident, which began with a report of possible domestic violence around 11 p.m. on Jan. 26.

29-year-old Chris Ingram died from gunshot wounds received after exchanging fire with the two officers on U.S. Highway 191.

Mennen and Mingura have since been cleared in the shooting and Mennen will return to work on Wednesday, but Mingura has not yet returned to duty.

According to an investigation report from the Greenlee County Attorney, the incident began when Ingram went to visit his sister at her home, where he expressed frustration regarding his estranged wife, who had filed for divorce. The sister suspected he had been drinking.

The siblings then went to a home in Morenci, and discovered his estranged wife with another man.

Ingram and his estranged wife had two confrontations, one verbal and the other resulting in Ingram damaging her vehicle.

He then left his sister and told her to go home to her family, stating, "Things are going to get bad, you better leave," according to the report.

Shortly before midnight, the Greenlee County Sheriff's Office received two reports, one to 911, about a man identified by one caller as Ingram who was "acting crazy" and harassing one of the callers and damaging her car.

When officers attempted to pull over the truck described in both calls, Ingram did not immediately stop, and ran a stop sign.

When Mennen approached Ingram, the report said he appeared to be "combative."

He was leaned forward as if concealing something in his lap. Mennen instructed Ingram to show his hands, but he instead faced the officer and began firing.

Mennen was hit twice, once in his abdomen (protected by his ballistic body armor) and in his shoulder above his vest.

Ingram then got out of the truck and fired at the second officer, Mingura, who was shot in his left hand and buttocks.

Mennen saw Ingram run from the driver's side of the truck to the passenger side, and reach into the floorboard area to retrieve what he said he believed was another weapon. Mennen began firing at Ingram until he fell to the ground.

DPS conducted a criminal investigation of the incident. A separate investigation into the actions of the officers in response to the incident was also conducted.

At the time of the incident, Mingura was a lifelong resident of the Clifton-Morenci area and had been with the police department for four years. Mennen had been with the Sheriff's Office for eight months and was described as a long-time resident of the county.

Related link

PDF: Greenlee County Attorney's review of fatal January shooting: http://tucsonne.ws/1JtIRrn 

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