The suspect, whom police identified as Cody Schaible, was wanted on a felony warrant. He was taken to a hospital, where he is listed in critical but stable condition according to police.
Officers from the Mesa Police Department's gang unit shot the man about 8:30 p.m. at the Broadview Motel, 8008 E. Main St., after officers received a tip that he was staying there, according to police.
The man has ties to a white supremacist gang, police said. He told police he did not want to go to jail and encouraged them to kill him before making a threatening move toward officers, according to a release issued by the Mesa Police Asssociation, the union representing the officer involved in the shooting.
The Mesa gang task force was acting on information that an armed robbery suspect who had skipped out on a $25,000 bond was staying at the motel, police said.
In the statement issued by the MPA, union president Fabian Cota said, "Officers are required to employ deadly force to preserve their own lives and those of innocent bystanders. We have every confidence that the officers acted in accordance with their training, and in line of their duty. When officers are in danger, they must act decisively."
The Mesa officer who fired his weapon has about 10 years of service with the department and has received medals of commendation, according to information from the MPA.
The name of the officer who shot the man was not released, as he has worked in an undercover capacity, the MPA stated.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident.