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Man shot in standoff with Mesa cops had no gun, just beer

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Posted: Friday, April 15, 2005 11:08 am | Updated: 10:02 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

April 15, 2005

He said from the outset that he had a gun and was going to shoot. But the man that a Mesa police officer shot during a standoff last month only had a beer bottle hidden in his jacket pocket, according to a report released Thursday.

Orin Ray Antone, 30, of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community recovered from three gunshot wounds and remains in jail on an armed robbery warrant out of California, said Mesa Sgt. Chuck Trapani. Mesa detectives expect to seek aggravated assault charges.

Police received a tip about 12:15 a.m. March 29 that a man was trying to break into a check-cashing business near Dobson Road and Main Street. Officers saw Antone in the parking lot with a 40-ounce beer bottle in his left hand and his right hand in his jacket pocket.

"I got a gun and I’m going to shoot you," Antone told the first officer on the scene, the report said.

Antone ignored several commands to show his hands while he yelled profanities. His hand was stuck in his pocket as though he had a weapon, the officer stated.

Two officers fired beanbag rounds. Antone then turned and charged toward two patrol cars, according to witness and officer statements.

Officer Steve Roman fired at Antone, who made it to a passenger door before collapsing. Police found another bottle of beer in his pocket.

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