TUCSON, Ariz. — Detectives with the Tucson Police Department are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened in the 5200 block of S. Palo Verde Road on Wednesday, just before 5 p.m..
Tucson Police says officers were patroling a neighborhood when they saw a vehicle leaving and committed a civil traffic infraction. The vehicle then pulled into the McDonald's parking lot, when a patrol car pulled in behind the vehicle and officers approached the vehicle.
.@Tucson_Police Detectives are investigating an officer-involved shooting in the 5200 block of S. Palo Verde. Details are limited. No ofcs were injured. Palo Verde is closed from Irvington to Nebraska Strav. Additional details will be released as they become available. pic.twitter.com/FoBTTmlz0L— Sergeant Pete Dugan (@SgtDugan) July 18, 2019
TPD officers then started to speak with 37-year-old Vincent Linarez, when police say he quickly shifted the vehicle into drive and sped away. As Linarez drove off, the vehicle made contact with one officer which caused him to fall.
Officials say Linarez lost control of the vehicle and spun into the dirt lot in front of the McDonalds. The vehicle continued through the dirt lot until it was stopped when an officer crashed into Linarez to stop him. After the collision, TPD says Officer Alfred Anaya fired his gun, hitting Linarez who was sitting in the vehicle. Linarez was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No officers were hurt.
Police say Linarez has an active felony warrant for Failure to Appear in court on a Weapons Misconduct charge. When released from the hospital, he will be booked into the Pima County Jail on his felony arrest warrant and several other charges.