Our office is dealing right now with our second officer involved shooting this week. Unfortunately, as a result we are unable at the last minute to respond to your request for a sit down interview on audio which was released by the Tempe Police Department nearly a year ago.
Richard Mueller self-reported this incident to his immediate supervisor. A professional standards investigation was launched. Mr. Mueller resigned prior to the conclusion of the investigation. The comment made by Mr. Mueller was when he was extremely intoxicated by alcohol. His drunken comment was obviously inappropriate and completely against how any law enforcement officer should ever conduct themselves. Our office forwarded the information to Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training who will decide if he is able to maintain his certification.