Tempe, AZ – An Arizona State trooper was viciously attacked by a Qatari national while he was out on patrol on Dec. 19 (video below).
The incident occurred on Rural Road just south of the Loop 202 at approximately 11:50 p.m. on Dec. 19, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) said in a press release.
DPS Trooper Hugh Grant and his ride-along, a Mothers Against Drunk Driving group member, were out on patrol when they spotted a man throw a street sign into the roadway, The New York Times reported.
“You can pick it up, or you can go to jail tonight,” Trooper Grant announced over his patrol intercom, as the suspect defiantly crossed the street in front of his patrol vehicle.
Dashcam footage showed the suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Mohamed Ahmed Al-Hashemi, as he moved out of the crosswalk and started walking in the middle of the roadway.
Trooper Grant moved in behind him and repeatedly ordered Al-Hashemi to get out of the street, but the suspect continued to walk in front of his patrol car, waving his arms out to his sides.
A moment later, the suspect spun around and began skipping backwards, then charged at the patrol car and kicked the front bumper, dashcam footage showed.
Trooper Grant jumped out of his patrol vehicle and ordered the noncompliant suspect to the ground multiple times before he deployed his Taser in an attempt to subdue him.
“The taser proved ineffective, whereupon the trooper attempted a second deployment of the taser,” the DPS said.
Al-Hashemi began roaring and snorting after the second deployment also failed. He then charged at the trooper and attacked him, the video showed.
“The attack can be characterized as extraordinarily vicious,” the DPS said. “Within seconds, the trooper was in a fight for his life. The subject struck the trooper with fists, headbutt and full-kick strikes, knocking him to the ground at least three times.”
Trooper Grant’s ride-along radioed for help on several occasions throughout the attack, the video showed.
“At one point, the subject acquired the trooper’s taser and hit him over the head with the weapon,” the DPS said. “While the trooper was on the ground, the subject continued to kick the trooper in the head.”
As the brutal assault ensued, the Trooper Grant began to lose consciousness.
“Officer is down! Officer is down!” his frantic ride-along alerted over the radio.
“The trooper knew both his life and the life of the citizen observer in his car were in immediate danger,” the DPS said. “As his last resort the trooper deployed his duty weapon, striking the subject and killing him.”
Trooper Grant was transported to a local hospital with injuries to his head and face, The New York Times reported.
He was treated and was released to recover at home, according to the DPS.
Al-Hashemi was in the U.S. on a student visa, but it was unclear when he entered the country, The New York Times reported.
He had attended classes at Arizona State University in the past.
Tempe police also dealt with the Qatari national on Dec. 18, when he caused a disturbance at the Islamic Community Center of Tempe at approximately 4:30 a.m., according to The New York Times.
He was allowed to leave the scene with a warning at the request of the mosque officials, but he returned again later that afternoon.
Al-Hashemi was consequently arrested on a misdemeanor trespassing charge, The New York Times reported.
You can watch dashcam footage of Trooper Grant’s encounter with Al-Hashemi in the video below: