Man taken to hospitial after officer involved shooting
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Police Officer's are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened early morning Saturday on Tucson's eastside.
The shooting took place at approximately 12:45 a.m. in the 800 block of North Hayden Drive, near North Pantano Road and East Speedway Blvd.
Authorities report at least one Tucson Police officer shot and wounded a 25-year-old male suspect, after encountering the male armed with a rifle and making aggressive actions toward officers, and acting in an uncooperative manner.
An officer perceived a lethal threat to himself as well as the other officers at the scene, and fired at the suspect with his assigned patrol rifle, according to reports. The 25-year-old male suspect was struck at least once. Authorities say the suspect ceased his aggressive actions and is expected to survive his injuries. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
It all began about 10:45 p.m. Friday, when an adult female approached a Community Service Officer at a Quick Trip convenience store, near E. Speedway Blvd. and North Magnolia Avenue.
Authorities state the woman told the officer that she and her son, the 25-year-old, had been in an argument at their home, which is located in close proximity, on North Magnolia Avenue.
The Community Service Officer called for Tucson Police Officers to help. Upon their arrival at the home, police found evidence of criminal damage, but the suspect had fled the scene.
Police report they received a second call from the woman around midnight, at which time the woman reported her son to possibly be at his father's residence, on North Hayden Drive.
Officers say they went to the father's house and located the suspect, who threw a large rock out a window at officers and was generally uncooperative. Officers also observed a second adult male in the residence, who later was determined to be the suspect’s father.
Authorities say the mother contacted police again a third time around 12:37 a.m., warning her son was possibly armed with a rifle. Police say as they were relaying information received by officers via radio, the suspect pointed a rifle at officers from inside the home.
Officers backed away and waited until back-up, in the form of three more officers, arrived. Around 12:45 a.m., police say the suspect, now in the backyard of the house, pointed the rifle at officers again, at which time one of the officers perceived an immediate threat and shot the suspect.
Once the suspect was subdued, officers administered first aid until paramedics arrived to take him to a local trauma center.
The investigation is ongoing as detectives examine and collect evidence at the scene and interview witnesses and officers.
The Homicide Unit will continue the criminal investigation. The Office of Internal Affairs will conduct a separate administrative investigation, examining the officer’s actions in response to this incident.
This type of post-shooting administrative review is standard protocol when an officer discharges a weapon in the line of duty, and is intended to determine whether department policies were followed, and if current training, equipment, supervision, and policies are adequate and appropriate.