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Man who threatened officers with BB gun charged

Posted at 10:25 AM, Mar 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 01:24:07-04
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Carlos Alegria, 40, has been released from the hospital and is facing several counts after using a knife and BB gun in an officer-involved shooting.
 
Alegria has been charged with three counts of Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer with a Simulated Weapon and five counts of Disorderly Conduct with a Dangerous Instrument.
 
The shooting on March 15, happened near the corner of Pima and Van Buren.
 
Two officers shot the man, later identified as Alegria, who was hospitalized in stable condition.
 
About 9:30 a.m. construction workers called 911 after the man threatened them with a knife. 
        
TPD Sergeant Pete Dugan says when officers found the man he still had the knife -- and more.
 
“He actually pulled out a handgun.  Moments after he pulled out the handgun, shots were fired.  Two officers did fire," Sgt. Dugan said. "The suspect was struck multiple times and he was taken to a local hospital for treatment."
      
Police say four officers confronted the man.  None of them were hurt.  While they waited for an ambulance for the man they used their first aid kits to treat his wounds.
 
Stephen and Laura Bruck have lived in the same building as the man for the pat six months. Laura was at home when the shooting happened. She says she heard four shots and then went to go close the doors.
 
"I looked outside and I saw cops facing eastward towards someone with guns drawn and everything," said Laura.
 
In the months they have lived next door to this man, the Brucks say they have called police on him a handful of times.
 
"We had cops come out one time and he was trying to get in our front door, banging on our door at two in the morning. We answered asking 'What's up?' and he started saying we held his family hostage and he was going to kill us," said Stephen.
 
Stephen says the man may suffer from a mental illness or drug addiction. He says if police had done something when they called in the past about this man, something like this may have been avoided.