Mesa Lt. Governor Joe Haney, Steps Back From Duties, To Mourn Loss OF Son Killed IN Police Involved Shooting
ALDEN - Mesa Lt. Governor Joe Haney has recently announced that he would be stepping back from his role as Lt. Governor, at least temporarily until the conclusion of the investigation of the death of his son, Bradely(22), who was killed after a high speed pursuit.
Bradley Haney, 22, was apparently running from troopers of the Mesa Highway Patrol, after he was clocked going 140 MPH, on Highway 335, in Downtown Alden. Troopers eventually were able to end the chase, after performing a pit maneuver, a tactic used by police to stop and disable a fleeing vehicle.
The Troopers involved in the shooting, were placed on paid leave, pending the investigation. Furthermore, Lt. Governor Haney cited a conflict of interest as his sole reason for stepping away from his duties as Lt. Governor temporarily.
"It is time for me to step back, even just for a little while, as my family and I mourn my son's loss. We will also cooperate with the Mesa Highway Patrol, as the investigation proceeds. I hope that the troopers are able to prove that my son was a viable threat." said Joe Haney.
The State Of Mesa, requires that any law enforcement official involved in a major accident, incident or shooting be placed on administrative, paid leave. This is to ensure that the victims, or victims family remain safe, and that there are not potential conflicts of interest.
The Investigation is currently ongoing and Joe Haney is not expected to resume duties as Lt. Governor anytime soon.