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Tempe officer arrested after barricade situation

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He allegedly led officers on a high-speed chase and barricaded himself in a vehicle after threatening his ex-wife.

The man under arrest in all this is 30-year-old Garrett Peterson and he just happens to be a police officer himself.

Peterson, a Tempe patrol officer, is on administrative leave.

A man who police say was making threats and fleeing from the law turns out to be one of their own.

He's a man who's supposed to be enforcing the law.

It's not what Gilbert police may have been expecting when they responded to the report of a man threatening his ex-wife.

They say the man making the threats was another police officer, Garrett Peterson of the Tempe Police Department.

"It is unusual, but it is not unheard of. I can remember in my career we had circumstances such as these where in real life impacts everyone, regardless of the industry they work in, it takes its toll and they make bad decisions," said Paul Penzone, a retired Phoenix police sergeant.

A SWAT team faced the delicate task of convincing a police officer to come out of his car after a chase led to a barricade situation on the 202 freeway.

Police negotiated with one of their own, now on the wrong side of the law.

"The experts in it, the SWAT teams and others, have the advantage if they can contain the suspect and make sure there are no victims nearby and make sure it is a safe environment," said Penzone.

After a standoff, Officer Peterson put down his gun and gave up peacefully.

"It is a matter of getting him to realize this is a moment in time you are going to have to deal with some things, answer to some things and probably pay a price when it comes to the laws that were violated, but it doesn't mean you can't have a productive life if you take care of those problems," said Penzone.  

In this case, Garrett Peterson had a woman in the car with him.

She got out and then negotiators were able to coax him into surrendering.

He faces a list of charges including felony endangerment, threatening and intimidation, extreme DUI and felony flight.

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