An Arizona State Trooper shot and killed a Qatari man in the United States on a student visa.
The man, 25-year-old Mohamed Ahmed Al-Hashemi, had knocked over a street sign right in front of the trooper, then he began walking down the street in the middle of the road.
Al-Hashemi ignored the officer when he ordered him to pick up the sign and when he told him to get out of the middle of the street.
Al-Hashemi turned and walked up to the cruiser and he kicked the car in the grill.
The state trooper, Hugh Grant, got out of his car and Al-Hashemi charged him with fists and feet flailing.
Grant tried to subdue him and eventually had to pull out his weapon and kill him.
The trooper suffered injuries to the head and face and is resting at home.
Al-Hashemi had a prior arrest for trespassing at the Islamic Community Center of Tempe on Wednesday for causing a disturbance there.
The first time the center requested he just get a warning but when he returned later, they had him arrested.
AP with the backstory on Al-Hashemi’s prior arrest:
Authorities said they didn’t know if Al-Hashemi was impaired. The trooper had injuries to his face and head and is resting at home.
Authorities say Al-Hashemi was arrested for trespassing at the Islamic Community Center of Tempe on Wednesday. Police in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe responded to a disturbance at the mosque around 4:30 a.m. At the center’s request, officers gave Al-Hashemi a warning and told him not to return, police spokesman Greg Bacon said.
Al-Hashemi returned in the early afternoon and officers were called again. Bacon said he was then arrested on a misdemeanor charge of trespassing and booked into jail.
Watch the dramatic dash cam footage (shots fired at the 2:38 mark):
It’s unclear how long Al-Hashemi has been living in the U.S. He was a former student at Arizona State University, which is based in Tempe, according to school officials. They didn’t provide other details.
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