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Police: Officer shoots machete-wielding man near Flowing Wells High School

Posted at 10:47 AM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 23:13:34-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson Police say an officer shot a machete-wielding suspect outside Flowing Wells High School Tuesday morning.

According to Officer Frank Magos, officers responded to a 911 call that came in at 9 a.m. from the Circle K at 3970 N. Flowing Wells Road.

A man with a machete -- who police later identified as 27-year-old George Herrera -- was approaching people in an aggravated manner near Flowing Wells and Roger Roads. Police say officers ordered him to drop the weapon several times. In an alleyway, one officer discharged a bean bag gun that apparently had no effect and he ran.

They caught up with him near West King Place, where an officer shot the suspect.

Police identified the officer who fired his weapon as Officer Benjamin Boschee, who has been with TPD for 18 years.

Herrera is said to be in life-threatening condition at Banner University Medical Center.

No one else was injured.

This is a developing story. Stay with KGUN 9 for the latest information.