Impromptu ‘sermon’ leads to tasing, assault arrest


A late night “sermon” got a local man arrested Friday.

According to police documents, Troy Jenkins was shouting religious statements at about 10:30 Friday night on W. Yucca Lane. When MPD officers arrived to place him under arrest for disorderly conduct, the situation quickly escalated.

“When the officer went to place Troy Jenkins under arrest he tensed up and pulled away from officers,” the police form said. “Troy was armed with a handgun with three magazines with 50-plus rounds of ammunition and one AR-15 (rifle) magazine. Troy was wearing a plate carrier with rifle-rated armor plates. When the firearm was removed from his person, he took a karate style fighting stance and proclaimed, ‘I do not need a pistol to kill.’”

Jenkins continued to disregard police commands and actively resisted arrest, even after MPD employed Tasers and a K-9 officer. Multiple officers were required to subdue and handcuff Jenkins due to his “active resistance.”

He only stopped resisting after medical personnel on the scene administered a sedative. The arresting officers received minor injuries in the scuffle.

Jenkins has been charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.


  1. Fact Check: You failed to report that the ‘sermon’ was held out in the street yelling loudly and blowing horns which went on for nearly 8-hours after neighbors asked him to cease. There was no “wrath” from the Maricopa Police Department as you reported. At the request of my fellow neighbors, MPD responded to the after-hours noise complaint conducting themselves calmly while safely securing the scene with the upmost professionalism; even with shouting “You’re going to have to kill me in front of my son.”.

    I sincerely hope he gets the help that he needs and my heart goes out to him and his family wishing them nothing but the best in life. A special thank you goes out to the Maricopa Police Officers, Dispatch, Fire and EMS personnel for their unwavering dedication and professional service to our community in keeping us safe!