Officer Jorge Tequida is recovering Wednesday morning at Banner UMC in critical but stable condition. The other officer, Doug Wilfert, has been released from the hospital. Both were shot when serving a felony arrest warrant yesterday morning.
Tucson Police Chief Chris Maguns says the officers were serving a warrant for aggravated assault to 27-year-old Jose Barron Gomez on the southside. When the officers tried to arrest Gomez, shots were fired and both of the officers were hit.
Wilfert was shot in the leg, and Tequida was shot through his arm and into his chest. The suspect did not survive.
Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus tweeted that one of the officers shot multiple times yesterday was saved by his bulletproof vest. There was a bullet in the vest right in the middle of his chest.
TPD officers immediately came to the hospital Wednesday and brought flowers for their fellow officers.
Wilfert was a seven year veteran of the force, and Tequida has been with TPD for just under four years.