At approximately 1:23 a.m. on Saturday, the Apache Junction Police Department responded to reports of three people stabbed at Dog Run Saloon near Idaho and Superstition.
The stabbing left three people injured but all survived.
Four people believed to be involved in the altercation fled in a vehicle before officers stopped them approximately one block away.
When officers stopped the vehicle, three of the subjects were detained but one person fled in the vehicle, dragging an officer a short distance. Another officer fired at the suspect’s vehicle allowing the officer being dragged to release himself.
The officer was not injured.
The suspect continued to flee toward Canyon Lake. The Mesa Police Department Air Unit and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the pursuit.
Near the lake, the suspect rammed one PSCO and one AJPD vehicle. PSCO units disabled the suspect’s vehicle and detained him.
The suspect was identified as 41-year-old Weston James. He was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Charges are pending.
All three stabbing victims were transported to the hospital by Superstition Fire and Medical. Two of the victims are hospitalized in stable condition as of Saturday afternoon. The other victim left before hospital staff could assess their injuries.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Apache Junction Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 480-982-8260.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety will investigate the use of an officer’s firearm.