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Father of teen killed by Mesa police arrested on weapons, domestic violence offenses

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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:23 pm

The father of a 15-year-old boy fatally shot by Mesa police in 2003 was arrested on weapons and domestic violence-related offenses after taking a gun into his wife's workplace.

About 9:15 a.m. Monday, Mario Madrigal Sr., 47, walked into his wife's place of business in a strip shopping center at Gilbert and Broadway roads carrying a .9mm handgun. He told his wife if she didn't kill him, he would kill her as he placed the gun on the counter, according to Mesa police. Madrigal's wife grabbed the gun and placed it in a drawer behind the counter before running to a nearby business.

Madrigal's wife told police that he appeared to be intoxicated and was worried that he might be suicidal.

Police were able to later arrest Madrigal, a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, without incident at his home on suspicion of weapons misconduct violations and domestic violence. Officers said he smelled of alcohol and after conducting a portable breathalyzer test on him, his blood-alcohol level registered .135, nearly twice the legal limit of .08, according to a police report.

Madrigal Sr., who has been estranged from his wife for two months, was booked into a Maricopa County jail with a bond set at $5,040, according to jail records. He is scheduled to appear in Maricopa County Superior Court on July 29 for Monday's offense.

In 2009, the city of Mesa agreed to pay the Madrigals a settlement of $3 million in a wrongful death civil lawsuit. The settlement stemmed from the fatal shooting of Mario Madrigal Jr. on Aug. 25, 2003, when officers were called to the home to intervene as the boy was holding a kitchen knife and threatening suicide after drinking beer.

Mesa police officers shot Mario 10 times. They contended he was advancing on them in a threatening manner with a knife.

The resolution did not indicate wrongdoing on the part of police personnel but was a business decision designed to conclude a difficult period for all concerned, then-Mesa Police Chief George Gascon said in a statement.

A few months after the shooting, then-Maricopa County Attorney Richard Romley cleared the three officers of criminal wrongdoing in the shooting, saying it was justified.

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