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OVPD: Subcontractor worker dies from accidental discharge after bringing gun on CDO campus

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Oro Valley Police Department is investigating an accidental discharge at Canyon del Oro High School after a man reportedly succumbed to self-inflicted injuries while working at on school grounds Monday morning.

According to OVPD, an individual from a third-party subtractor, later identified as 40-year-old Noel Watts, was working on the roof of a building at the school when a firearm was accidentally discharged.

Police say Watts' leg was heavily bleeding when the officers arrived at the scene. They immediately administered first aid and applied a tourniquet and CPR.

Despite these efforts, Watts succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

OVPD located the handgun and found a spent cartridge casing inside Watts' clothing.

Officials no students were on campus at the time of the incident.

Amphitheater Unified School District released the following statement to its parents, students and staff in regards to the accidental discharge.

An employee of a roofing company working on a building at Canyon del Oro High School shot himself this morning. Despite life-saving efforts performed by first-responders, the man has died. The gun, which belonged to the worker, has been recovered.

The school was put on lockdown immediately upon report of a gunshot, and no staff or students were in danger. Oro Valley Police handled the situation and will handle any subsequent investigation.

Arizona law and District policy prohibit anyone except peace officers or other authorized personnel from carrying guns on school grounds.

The lockdown has been lifted, and registration is continuing as scheduled.

The Amphitheater District’s top priority is the safety of staff and students, and the District appreciates the timely response from the Oro Valley Police Department.

The subcontractor, who was identified by the school as Progressive Roofing, released the following statement in connection to the incident.

Unknown to the Company, a roofer, Noel Watts, was apparently carrying a loaded gun on a jobsite, and it accidentally discharged and killed the
employee.

The Company prohibits carrying loaded weapons on jobsites. Even though the individual was violating the Company’s safety policies, practices, and procedures, the Company’s thoughts and prayers are with the employee, Noel Watts, and his family and friends based on the tragic accident that occurred.

The Company and local law enforcement are investigating this matter, and the Company is cooperating with the investigation. Safety is a top priority at Progressive Roofing.

The Company has written safety programs and conducts regular training. The Company’s policy prohibits the possession of weapons at a job site.

The Company is committed to providing its employees a safe and healthy workplace.

No other injuries were reported in connection to the shooting.

Stay with News 4 Tucson for the latest updates.

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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