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Pursuit on I-19 ends in gunfire in Nogales Walmart parking lot

Tractor-trailer involved in chase, shootout along I-19
Posted at 5:11 PM, May 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-28 20:25:33-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Authorities say a pursuit along I-19 near a Border Patrol checkpoint ended in a shootout in the parking lot of a Walmart in Nogales Monday afternoon.

Department of Public Safety troopers say it started as a shootout at the checkpoint the continued south on I-19. It ended in gunfire in the parking lot minutes later.

The following statement was released from DPS:

The Department assisted the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office and Nogales Police Department with a criminal incident. Although Department detectives will conduct the criminal investigation, the investigation is in the preliminary phase and so we cannot provide details at this time.
Once the investigation has progressed, the Sherriff's Office and the Nogales Police Department may provide preliminary information.

Nogales Police officers along with other law enforcement agencies were involved in the shooting incident that resulted in the death of an individual, according to the Nogales Police Department. The name of the individual has not been released at this time.

NPD says all officers involved can return to active duty.

Additionally, the City of Nogales has requested that the Oro Valley Police Department’s Professional Standards Unit conduct an independent administrative review of the City of Nogales Police Department’s response. An administrative review is customary in any weapons discharge incident and does not necessarily mean any violations of policies have occurred.

The City of Nogales and its Police Department are committed to fully cooperate with each agency as they conduct their respective investigations and reviews. It is anticipated that these investigations will take several months to complete, and City officials will comment only on those facts and issues consistent with these reports in order to maintaining the integrity of this complex investigation.

Upon the conclusion of the investigations and procedural reviews, they will be submitted to the appropriate authority for a final disposition.
Nogales Police Department

The Arizona Department of Public Safety will be investigating the incident.