Chandler man used bow and arrow to shoot officer and a relative, police say – Arizona News

Chandler man used bow and arrow to shoot officer and a relative, police say – Arizona News

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Police say a Chandler man used a bow and arrow to shoot and injure a family member and a police officer before being arrested Wednesday night. 

Thomas Stephen Leeper Jr., 32, threatened to shoot officers, family members and himself in multiple calls and text messages he made to the Chandler Police Department at about 9:30 p.m., according to a police statement.

Leeper is currently involved in another criminal case, where he is charged with multiple counts of arson and endangerment in a series of fires in Chandler

Officers on Wednesday night were made aware that Leeper had actually shot a relative with a bow and arrow before they got to his home in the 3600 block of West Carla Vista Drive, the statement said.

Police say Leeper exited his home and shot an arrow into the arm of one of the arriving officers, and an officer returned fire with “less lethal impact munitions” — or a rubber projectile — allowing police to take him into custody.

Leeper was being treated at a hospital on Thursday for non-life-threatening injuries. The officer who was struck by an arrow was treated at a hospital and has since been released, police said.

Leeper will face charges of aggravated assault on a police officer and domestic violence in connection with the incident.

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