Scottsdale police on Friday continued the investigation of an officer-involved fatal shooting of a 31-year-old man who police say threatened them with a gun after he violated a protection order by showing up at his ex-wife’s apartment.
Officer Thaddius Benton fired several shots at Carlos Dash shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday, killing him, police said.
Dash was shot on a third-story balcony at the Scottsdale Serrento apartments, 8145 E. Camelback Road. A member of the neighboring Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Dash had a history of drug use and violence with his ex-wife, according to police. Scottsdale City Court Judge B. Monte Morgan placed a protection order against Dash on April 25, court records show.
Following department policy, Benton, a two-year officer on the force, is on 72-hour paid administrative leave.
This marks the third Scottsdale officer-involved shooting this year, one more than in 2005, said police Sgt. Mark Clark.
“Even one officer-involved shooting is one too many, but we are thankful that none of our officers have been hurt as a result of a deadly threat,” Clark said in an e-mail.
When officers Benton and Andrew Wilson, a one-year officer with the department, arrived at the 27-year-old woman’s apartment, they said they were confronted by Dash, who was holding a box near the door.
After Dash pulled the gun out of the box, Benton and Wilson ordered him to put it down, according to police. However, police said Dash then threatened the officers with the handgun.
Benton fired several shots at Dash, hitting him in the torso, according to police. Wilson wasn’t in a position to safely fire his weapon, police said.
There was no indication that Dash had fired his weapon, but police discovered the gun to be loaded and also found two additional loaded magazines.
Dash’s ex-wife told police she hadn’t expected him to show up at her home, and police said they are not sure of his intentions.
A woman who identified herself as the manager of the apartments on Friday said that she wasn’t allowing any media on the property to question Dash’s ex-wife.