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Charges dropped for now in police shooting

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Posted: Wednesday, December 8, 2004 11:44 am | Updated: 4:40 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

December 8, 2004

Charges have been dismissed against an 18-year-old suspect in a beer theft who was shot by Mesa police last month.

Oscar Bobby Grey was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and theft in connection with the Nov. 10 incident, but those charges were dismissed the following week, said Bill FitzGerald, a Maricopa County Attorney’s Office spokesman.

The county attorney’s office will consider refiling charges against Grey after Mesa police finish their investigation, FitzGerald said.

According to an initial Mesa police report released Monday, Patrick Lee James, 37, and Grey stole three 30-beer packs of Budweiser beer worth $60 from the Bashas’ at Mesa Drive and Brown Road. Officers spotted the men run out of the store and jump into a car.

The officers followed Grey on Brown Road and pulled the car over east of Horne. According to the police report, officer Jerald Ray fired on Grey when the car lunged toward officer John Dankanich.

Grey, a Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community resident, was struck in the arm and received seven stitches, but his front-seat passenger, Kevin Olivas, 21, was killed.

Grey’s mother, Little Crystal Sisto, 41, said Tuesday her son is still struggling with Olivas’ death.

"He’s just trying to stay busy, to keep himself going," Sisto said.

James is being held without bail on a probation violation.

Ray has been administratively reassigned to another area within the department, said Mesa detective Tim Gaffney.

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