Peoria man facing aggravated assault charges after being shot in the face by police

PEORIA, AZ — A Peoria man is preparing to stand trial for aggravated assault after he was shot in the face during a traffic stop.

The Peoria Police Department Sergeant that shot Samuel Denk says the then 24-year-old reached for a gun in his lap. Experts who have viewed the body camera footage though, are torn.

Denk’s lawyer is civilly suing the police department; arguing Denk never made a move for the pistol and that Sgt. Matthew Miller fired his weapon accidentally.

The shooting happened after a traffic stop near 83rd Avenue and W. Cholla Street, just before 11 p.m. on March 27, 2019.

Sgt. Miller pulled over Denk for not having “tail lamps.” In the police report, Sgt. Miller told detectives he was cautious approaching the vehicle because he saw the driver “reaching around” and looking “at him using the mirror.”

When Sgt. Miller was walking up to the driver’s side door, he was greeted by Denk, who he quickly assessed had a gun in his lap. The following interaction occurred: … Read more

Facing Charges of Felony Aggravated Assault

A felony aggravated assault charge is a serious offense that needs to be taken seriously as it can result in severe penalties. If you are convicted of felony aggravated assault, you may be sentenced to serve years in prison, face tens of thousands of dollars in fines, lose your rights to possess or own firearms and face ongoing collateral consequences long after your sentence is completed.

Felony aggravated assault offenses can be charged in several situations. While you might not have intended to commit aggravated assault, you can be charged with this offense if you used a weapon, caused serious injuries to someone else, assaulted a law enforcement officer, or committed an assault in which other aggravating factors were present.

Call to Schedule a Professional Legal Consultation with an Assault and Battery Charges Defense Attorney in Phoenix, Arizona Today

If you’ve been charged with assault and battery, schedule a professional legal consultation with an assault and battery charges defense attorney in Phoenix, Arizona today. Call the Shah Law Firm PLLC of Phoenix, Arizona at (602) 888-0369 and let us serve you. We also serve Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Goodyear, and Apache Junction.

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