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Men arrested after shootout with deputies near Marana identified

PCSD identifies suspects in officer involved shooting
Posted at 4:47 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 18:49:14-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Authorities have identified he two men arrested after a reported shootout with Pima County Sheriff's deputies north of Tucson last week.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department says they arrested 44-year-old Michael Crooks and 39-year-old Jared Leeson after an incident that involved a carjacking, an armed robbery and a shots-fired incident near Marana Friday.

It started with a robbery call at the Dollar General near Ruthrauff and Romero roads. When a deputy tried to stop a suspect SUV nearby, the driver shot at the deputy and sped off. That's where deputies arrested one of the suspects involved.

Later, that driver crashed the SUV in a ditch near Orange Grove and Mona Lisa Roads. That's where another shootout with deputies occurred before the suspect carjacked another vehicle -- a pickup truck towing a trailer -- and sped off.

Eventually, deputies found that suspect near Silverbell and Twin Peaks Roads, where he was taken into custody.