KGUN 9NewsLocal News


Police: Deadly officer-involved shooting at apartment complex

Posted at 8:11 AM, Mar 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-04 19:32:32-04

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.

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.