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TPD: Suspect dead in officer-involved shooting at Jesse Owens Park

Posted at 10:48 PM, Jun 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-06 15:11:11-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Tucson Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened at Jesse Owens Park Friday evening.

Around 8:13 p.m., officers in the area were flagged down by a woman reporting she was a victim of domestic assault but uninjured, according to the department. The woman gave information about the last known location of the male suspect.

During the search, officers found the suspect on the west end of the park presenting a sharp-edged weapon, according to the department. After making contact with the suspect, officers gave several commands but the suspect failed to drop the weapon.

Two officers discharged their weapons, and struck the suspect, police say. Officers rendered aid to the suspect until TFD medics arrived.

Shortly after, the suspect died at the scene, police say. The suspect was identified as 45-year-old Raymond Edwards. Next of kin was notified.

There are no reports of injuries to officers or community members, police say.

The officers involved in the shooting have been identified as Sergeant Richard Legarra, who is a 16 years veteran of the Tucson Police Department and Officer Chad Barker, a six-year veteran of the department.

A standard administrative investigation to examine the actions of department personnel.

The criminal investigation remains ongoing.