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VIDEO: Officer Stops Potential Shooting Outside Elementary School, Prosecutors Reject Charges

Phoenix, AZ – A heroic Phoenix police officer quickly disarmed an irate woman after she pulled a gun out of her purse during a child custody dispute outside a Phoenix elementary school (video below).

The Phoenix Police Department (PPD) released bodycam footage of the harrowing incident on Monday.

The series of events leading to the confrontation began when Mountain View School officials contacted the school’s resource officer for assistance with a domestic dispute between two parents at dismissal time on Sept. 22, KPNX reported.

The argument began in the front office of the school and carried on out into the parking lot, according to police.

Bodycam footage showed a child getting into a man’s vehicle as 29-year-old Desira Marce Eliza Featchurs came storming towards them, KPNX reported.

“He wanted to get in,” the officer told her, referring to the child. “He’s getting in.”

That’s when the irate woman reached into her purse and pulled out a handgun, bodycam footage showed.

“You think I’m f—king playing?” Featchurs yelled as the officer quickly grabbed her from behind.

The school resource officer managed to disarm the suspect without further incident.

Featchurs was arrested on charges of possession of a gun on school grounds and endangerment, but the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office had not formally charged her as of Monday, KPNX reported.

The prosecutor’s office said they needed more information about the incident and that they returned the case to the PPD as a result.

They further noted that the PPD is welcome to resubmit the case, KPNX reported.

It is unclear what additional information prosecutors were seeking.

The Washington Elementary School District sent out a notice to parents after the incident to remind them it is illegal to carry firearms on school property, KPNX reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Obscene Language:

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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