Derek R. Eckles was released from the hospital and booked into MCSO 4th Ave jail on Saturday afternoon. He is being held on charges of Attempt 1st Degree Murder of a Police Officer, Endangerment, Aggravated Assault and other felony charges related to the June 10 incident at the Clarion Hotel in Scottsdale.
At 4:38 AM, the Scottsdale police 911 center received a call from the suspect, who was in one of the guest rooms at the hotel. He reported that a bomb had gone off and requested police response. He hung up without providing more details. 911 operators called back the hotel and spoke with the front desk clerk to see if they had any similar reports. The front desk clerk said that another guest had called and reported a loud noise had come from the room above them. A hotel employee attempted to make contact at the room, but was unsuccessful. As officers were responding to the hotel, the suspect called 911 a second time asking where the police were and again said that a bomb had gone off. He hung up without giving any more details.
Two officers attempted contact at the room, which was on the second floor of the hotel. When they knocked on the door, gunshots went off through the door. Thankfully, officers were standing to the side of the door and were not hit. The officers took a position of cover and more gunshots were fired from inside the room out the closed door. After a few minutes, the suspect emerged from the room and confronted officers with a semi-auto pistol. One officer returned fire, striking the suspect once in the torso. The suspect was not incapacitated. He fled from officers and ran east through the parking lot. Officers gave chase into a neighboring business parking lot. When confronted by officers a second time, the suspect submitted to arrest without further violence.
The suspect is a 25 year old male. His identity or place of residence is not being released at this time. He was taken to SHC-Osborn, where he is expected to survive his wound.
The officer involved in the shooting is a 8-year veteran police sergeant. No officers or other civilians were injured during the incident.
There are no more details of this incident available right now. The 911 calls are not being released at this time, however, they may become available at a later date.
Contact: Sgt. Mark Clark