TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Updated on April 4, 2022 at 3:50 p.m.
Authorities have identified the suspect and officer from a fatal shooting at Hampton Park Apartments at 8600 E. Old Spanish Trail on Tuesday, March 29.
A male person with auditory hallucinations and access to a firearm was reported to the Tucson Public Safety Communications Department.
According to officers, the 27-year-old Eric Putnam was acting erratically and might be an immediate threat to himself or others.
Officers offered assistance and mental health services as they were on the phone with Putnam and he got upset and hung up.
TPD headed to the scene and heard yelling coming from the gated patio of the apartment.
Putnam ignored officers commands to see his hands. He pointed the gun at himself and then pointed it at the officers.
Lead Police Officer Steven Clark, a five-year veteran of the Tucson Police Department fired his weapon and shot Putnam.
Putman died at the scene despite life-saving efforts by officers.
Tucson police investigated a deadly officer-involved shooting Tuesday.
I’m currently on scene of an officer involved shooting in the 8600 block of E. Old Spanish Trail. Details are limited at this time, additional information will be released when it becomes available. pic.twitter.com/5UYV61Qn2I— Sergeant Richard Gradillas (@SgtGradillas) March 29, 2022
Police responded to reports of a person causing a disturbance at Hampton Park Apartments at 8600 E. Old Spanish Trail.
Reports said that the suspect — a man in his 20s — might have had access to firearms.
Police found the suspect and shot him. He died at the scene.
Pima County Sheriff's Department will take over the investigation.
KGUN 9 will update the story as it develops.
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