Valley Drug Dealer Involved in Mesa Police Shooting

Posted on Dec 08, 2014

On the morning of Tuesday, November 25, 55-year-old John Landolfi was involved in a police shooting in Tempe after a United States Marshals Service task force attempted to take him into custody on a warrant for weapons violations. The shooting occurred in front of a motel on East Apache Boulevard, and involved two Mesa police officers and an officer from the Department of Corrections.


The Tempe Police Department is investigating the shooting, which is standard procedure for all officer-involved shootings to verify that the use of deadly force was warranted in the particular scenario. At the scene, several witnesses reported seeing Landolfi attempt to evade detectives, slamming his car into two separate unmarked police vehicles in an attempt to flee before police opened fire.


Landolfi had previously been arrested on drug charges in 2009 and 2013 by the Mesa Police Department. In 2009, Mesa officers pulled him over for driving under the influence of drugs on a suspended license. During the arrest, a bag of crack cocaine fell out of Landolfi’s shorts. He served over two years in prison after his conviction.


In 2013, Landolfi sold crack cocaine on three separate occasions to undercover Mesa police detectives. Police found more crack cocaine in Landolfi’s apartment following a search warrant and bench warrant for his arrest after he failed to appear in court.


Landolfi remains in a Tempe hospital in critical but stable condition. He sustained serious injuries at the scene, but is expected to survive. The Phoenix criminal defense attorneys at Curry, Pearson & Wooten will follow the case, and continue to update readers as it unfolds.