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DPS trooper involved in shooting near Headley and Valencia

Posted at 8:24 AM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 09:13:13-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper was involved in a shooting Monday night.

According to the department, the shooting happened at 9:40 p.m. near Valencia and Headley Roads.

Ruben R. Lopez, 40, was heading eastbound on Interstate 10 when he drove through an unmannedconstruction zone at high speed, hitting several traffic barricades. Two DPS troopers tried to stop him.

Lopez continued on eastbound I-10, then headed southbound to I-19, exiting onto Valencia Road.

A trooper tried to stop Lopez's vehicle, which drove over the raised median and onto eastbound Valencia lanes.

Lopez then drove at one of the troopers, who fired a gun at the vehicle. Another trooper hit Lopez's vehicle with his patrol car.

Troopers tried to arrest Lopez, but he resisted. They tased him and put him under arrest.

Lopez was booked into Pima County Jail on charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, endangerment and unlawful flight.

No one was injured in the incident.