(Arizona’s Republic star reporter, Jimmy Jenkins, has kept up on this story.) When most folks point a gun at police, they’re either shot or booked in jail. That’s not what happens when you’re the former Department of Corrections Director…. he gets handled with kid gloves. Ryan got taken to the hospital for a self-inflicted wound, then RELEASED!

This is a quote from Jammer Williams, public defender, “None of the clients I’ve ever represented who have come in contact with the Tempe police got treated like that.”. Williams said of a client that pointed a gun at police, ” He was definitely booked in jail and then went to prison.”.

In 2019 Tempe police shot and killed a 14-year-old who was running away from them holding a nonlethal air gun. Tempe police submitted 2 counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, and 1 count of unlawful discharge of a firearm to the Maricopa County Attorneys’ office. If they result in a conviction, the charges NORMALLY result in at least 5 years and could amount to 20 years in prison according to public defenders.