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South Tucson police identify man killed by officer

Posted at 6:02 AM, Nov 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 12:26:43-05

South Tucson police identified a man killed by an officer Friday morning as 26-year-old Carlos Valencia.

According to South Tucson Police Chief Michael Ford, the incident happened just after 3:30 a.m. An officer responded to a man behaving erratically at Gospel Rescue Mission, 312 W. 28th Street.

Victor Hightower with the Gospel Rescue Mission tells KGUN 9 that Valencia was staying at the men's center.

After he started acting erratically, the manager on duty asked him to lie and calm down.

Valencia, according to Hightower, "grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran out of the building.

The manager came out and asked him if he was okay. But the man took off.

The manager was concerned for the well being of the man so he called the South Tucson Police Department to help.

When officers responded, a foot pursuit started on 29th street, and another officer came to assist. They caught up to Valencia between 6th and 5th Avenues.

Valencia was physically attacking and charging officers when one of the officers discharged his weapon.

Valencia was treated at Banner University Medical Center before he was pronounced dead. 

Officers used pepper spray and tasers on the man before the shooting.

No officers were injured.