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Police investigating shooting near Valencia and Santa Cruz River

Posted at 4:47 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 13:25:41-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — One person is dead after a shooting involving Tucson Police Officers on the city's west side.

It started around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon when officers responded to reports of gunshots near I-19 and Valencia.

Officers found a man whose vehicle was shot in a parking lot on S. Midvale Park Road.

They said the person who fired those shots ran away from the scene.

While investigating, officers found a second person. That individual said the suspect pointed a handgun at them, then ran away toward the Santa Cruz River.

Officers found the suspect in the wash, armed with a handgun.

At some point, police say Officer John Knowlton -- who has been with TPD for 19 years -- fired his weapon.

It's not clear if that shot hit the suspect, or if the suspect also shot at officers.

Officers said they saw the suspect with obvious gunshot trauma and tried to save his life, but he died at the scene.

According to TPD, no officers were injured.