A preliminary police report about a shooting involving a Mesa officer and a 50-year-old man says authorities found improvised explosive devices in the car he had been riding in.
During a search of the vehicle, police located two explosive devices in a nylon bag that was sitting by the passenger side door where Dale Crismon had been sitting, says the report obtained Friday by the Tribune.
One device was a 5- to 6-inch metal pipe with a fuse on the end; the other was a modified metal flashlight body with no fuse. Police destroyed both explosives.
According to police, on April 14, Crismon of Mesa shot at officers during a traffic stop near Sossaman Road and Southern Avenue. He was shot and killed.
Crismon had been riding in a Pontiac Vibe driven by Cynthia Ann Dillenbeck, 33.
Dillenbeck told police that as she approached Sossaman Road she noticed a patrol car following them, the report says.
Officer Scott Molander stopped the vehicle and everyone provided a physical identification except Crismon, who verbally told Molander who he was.
Dillenbeck told police that Molander questioned Crismon about the name he provided and after a few minutes asked him to step out of the vehicle.
Crismon complied and “pushed the door open funny, kinda abruptly,” Dillenbeck told police. “He was screaming, ‘Get away.’”
She said she then heard, “pop, pop, pop, and then bang, bang, bang.”
Crismon was found lying on the ground near the passenger side of the vehicle; a shell casing was located on the ground near the front passenger tire.
One officer said the loaded firearm was lying on the ground near him, and another officer said the gun was in Crismon’s hand.
Crismon’s family has said that he was trying to hand the gun to police when officer Keavy Kennedy shot him. Police have said that Crismon fired his gun at both officers.