Man on stolen motorcycle shot dead by Mesa officers, police say

A man on an allegedly stolen motorcycle was shot by Mesa officers after reaching for what turned out to be an airsoft gun in his belt, Chandler police said.

The shooting occurred near McQueen Road and Chandler Boulevard on March 22 after Mesa police officers allegedly attempted to arrest a man on a stolen motorcycle off Ray Road.

The man fled, but a police helicopter eventually tracked the vehicle to a Chandler trailer park near Ithaca and Detroit Street.

When they finally caught up with the motorcyclist, an officer allegedly shot him with a “less lethal” shotgun shell and another officer tasered him.

The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Alberto Noriega, then revealed what appeared to be a gun in his belt, police said. After being hit with a Taser a second time, police said he grabbed the gun.

Three officers shot Noriega multiple times, killing him. His weapon turned out to be a replica airsoft gun, police said.

The case is still ongoing. No one else was hurt.

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