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PCSD identifies sergeant involved in shooting

CREATED Jul 13, 2011 - UPDATED: Jul 14, 2011

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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Pima County Sheriff has identified Sgt. Thomas Holz, a thirteen-year veteran of the department who was attempting to subdue a man from interfering with the firefighter’s attempts to put out the fire.

Officials say 53-year-old Gerald Wade Jensen is in the hospital after being shot by Sgt. Holz.  Jensen's injuries were first listed as life-threatening and later downgraded to critical, but stable.

Dawn Barkman with the Pima County Sheriff's Department tells KGUN9 they responded to a house fire after 5:00 p.m. Wednesday in the 6200 block of West Huxley Drive.

Deputies searched the home and conducted an evacuation after coming face-to-face with the homeowner who became aggressive. Sgt. Holz was assaulted by the homeowner who managed to take a Taser device and use it on the Holz.

Barkman says Sgt. Holz was hit by the Taser but the electrodes apparently did not make the firm contact required for the Taser to disable him.  She says the Sergeant Holz feared for his life so he drew his handgun and shot Jensen at least once.

Paramedics transported both Sgt. Holz and Jensen to an area hospital for treatment.  Holz sustained multiple sutures to his facial area and was released from the hospital late last night.

Firefighters from the Drexel Heights Fire District responded and extinguished the fire.