"Cover! Cover! Cover!" Cameras catch ambush on police

Police say suspect fired first in fatal shooting

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Surveillance video and police body cams caught the October 18th shooting between Danny Spear and Tucson Police officers that left Spear dead and officers thanking the training that kept them alive. 

The incident happened at a car wash on Tanque Verde near Pantano.

Police knew Danny Spear had already robbed a man at gunpoint nearby.

Cameras at the carwash catch Spear hiding behind the machinery and caught the flash as he fired two shotgun blasts at police.
        
Officers body cams were rolling as they came under attack..

At the sound of gunshots one of the body cam microphones picks up one officer calling to the others, "Cover, cover, cover...cover cover!”
       
The gunman runs to a white pickup that belongs to an undercover officer.
       

But the officer has made sure Spear will not escape in that truck.

He says over the police radio, “Negative on the keys.  There are no keys in there."
         
The man steps out of the passenger side.

One officer says, "He's getting out.” 

Audio records a gunshot.

"He's getting out" (multiple gunshots)   “He's down.  He's on the far side of the concrete barrier.  I can't see him anymore. He's down"
       
Police Chief Chris Magnus can't say why the man chose to fight.

"There are many cases where obviously the goal of the suspect is to get away.  In this case, it's pretty evident that goal was to do more than that.  The goal was to secret himself in ambush, to ready his weapons and then to shoot it out."

But he sees the attack as part of a dangerous trend of criminals going out of their way to get police in their sights.

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