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Suspect in officer-involved shooting identified

Posted at 11:08 PM, Jan 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 20:14:52-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Jordan Szymanski, 33, has been identified as the man killed in an overnight barricade that led to an officer-involved shooting.

Sgt. Kimberly Bay, spokesperson with the Tucson Police Department tells KGUN9 that around 4:45 p.m. on Jan, 7, officers responded to an apartment in the 200 block of W. Roger Rd. in reference to a man reporting an assault.
 
Officers arrived on scene and were unable to verify the assault report, but officers become concerned about the welfare of caller, who was later identified as Szymanski.
 
Around 6 p.m., Szymanski called 911 again and said he was going to start shooting, said Bay. Officers responded to the apartment again to make contact with him.
 
As officers were investigating this threat, they learned a separate threat report was filed with the Oro Valley Police Department where Szymanski has allegedly threatened to shoot someone.
 
Officers learned Szymanski had access to weapons, said Bay.
 
The officers continued their attempts to speak with Szymanski while other officers evacuated nearby homes.
 
Just before 9 p.m., Szymanski began firing shots inside the apartment.
 
The Tucson Police SWAT Team, Hostage Negotiation Unit, Bomb Unit, K-9 Unit, Air Unit and the Mental Health Support Team all responded to the incident. Deputies from the Pima County Sheriff’s Office and members from the Tucson Fire Department also responded to assist.
 
The officers contacted Szymanski, but he continued firing shots from inside the apartment and refused to come outside.
 
Around 3 a.m. Szymanski emerged from the apartment with a weapon and fired several shots.
 
Officer Brandon Jimenez, a 15-year veteran with the Tucson Police Department and a member of the SWAT Team returned fire, striking Szymanski.  He was pronounced deceased on scene.
 
Detectives from the Homicide Unit and the Office of Internal Affairs responded to continue the investigation. 
 
The investigation is ongoing and additional details will be released as they become available.