Denver man wounded by Arizona police during shootout after chase arrested


MESA, Ariz. | Police have formally arrested a 48-year-old Denver man who was hospitalized after being wounded by police during a shootout following a mid-July chase across much of the Phoenix area.

John David Rothrock faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful flight and other crimes.

Defense attorney Clark Derrick says the incident was “way out of character” for Rothrock, whom Derrick hopes will be released from jail so he can be admitted to a rehabilitation center.

Mesa police say Rothrock shot at officers, that officers returned fire and that Rothrock was shot and stunned before being taken into custody in Goodyear.

The incident began in Tempe when a Mesa police lieutenant saw a driver shoot a gun into the air. According to police, the man yelled “kill me.”