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Lockdown lifted at three Marana schools

Posted at 11:50 AM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 16:01:10-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — A law enforcement incident caused that caused three Marana schools to go into lockdown was cleared.

According to Marana Unified School District spokeswoman Alli Benjamin, Estes Elementary, Marana Middle School and MCAT High School were put into shelter in place protocol at 7:45 a.m. The lockdown lifted at 11:15 a.m.

At about 6 a.m., an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper stopped a vehicle headed eastbound on Interstate 10 near milepost 226, close to Red Rock, because the car was driving erratically and slowly.

After several minutes of following the vehicle, the driver yielded off the left of the freeway. Two men -- the driver and passenger -- got out and started arguing with the trooper. Additional troopers responded, and the driver and passenger refused commands the troopers.

The passenger ran from the scene and troopers chased him down and took him into custody.

The driver stayed at the scene and appeared to suffer from a medical condition, and an Avra Valley Fire crew transported him. The man unlatched his safety restraints, the ambulance crew pulled over, and the man ran away from the ambulance.

Troopers responded to the area, and the man barricaded himself on top of a business near Marana Road. He started to damage the roof and property on the building.

A DPS SWAT unit and Northwest Fire responded to the scene, and the man came down from the roof via the Nothwest Fire ladder truck. On the ground, the man fought with and injured SWAT troopers. Troopers took the man into custody.

The passenger, whom troopers took to jail, damaged the patrol car on the way to jail.

Both men will face multiple felony counts, including resisting arrest, aggravated assault and criminal damage.

The driver is currently in the hospital and is identified as a 32-year-old male.

The passenger was booked into the Pima County Jail. He’s been identified as: Saul A. Herrera, DOB 1-27-1988

The investigation is ongoing and impairment is believed to be a factor in this incident.