MARANA, AZ – An incident out in Arizona looked an awful lot like a scene from Grand Theft Auto. But instead, it turned out to be a short story of a man with a long gun back in February.
Cops say Mario Valencia was caught on surveillance camera stealing a rifle and some ammo from a local Wal-Mart. Before that, he allegedly robbed a 7-11, torched a church, and stole a car.
Police cars followed the Valencia as he walked down the streets of Marana, carrying the rifle the whole time.
At one point, another man drove up and told police the suspect posed no threat because the rifle had a trigger lock. But seconds later, Valencia shot off one round into the air.
Everything came to a quick end when a former New York City police officer drove his patrol car straight into the suspect.
Valencia ended up in the hospital for two days before winding up in jail. And, yes, his attorney says this is clearly a case of excessive use of force.