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Suspect hospitalized in NW side officer-involved shooting

Suspect pointed replica air soft guns at people, officer
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Posted at 7:58 PM, Feb 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-04 20:27:31-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — A suspect has been hospitalized after an officer-involved shooting Thursday evening on the Northwest side.

It happened just after 5 p.m. at North Romero Rd. and W. Hegel Ln., that's just east of I-10 near Prince.

Police identify the suspect as 25-year-old Kevin Angelo Lyons.

Neighbors reported to police that Lyons was walking through the neighborhood and pointing a gun at people and cars.

After police arrived, an officer told Lyons to put down the weapon but he did not comply.

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Police said Lyons pointed the gun at the officer giving those commands.

That's when Officer Benjamin Boschee shot him.

They later learned the gun Lyons was pointing at people is a replica airsoft gun made to look like a standard handgun.

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Officers started rendering aid immediately after the shooting.

Lyons is still at the Banner University Medical Center being treated for injuries.

Once he is released he will be booked into the Pima County Jail.

Lyons is facing charges of Aggravated Assault with a Simulated Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Assault of a Victim Under 15 and Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer.

They are asking anyone who saw what happened to call police at 88-crime.