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Wanted felon surrenders

TUCSON – A convicted felon who held police at bay for hours has surrendered.

The U.S. Marshals Arizona Violent Offender Task Force showed up at a northwest side apartment complex to arrest 36-year-old Ian Bessinger.

David Smith, the assistant chief deputy for the U.S. Marshals said Bessinger saw them and refused to open the door.  He said they made several attempts to get him to come out.

He added given the violent history Bessinger had, they called the Pima County Regional SWAT team to assist.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety website, Bessinger had served time in prison for aggravated assault, auto theft, and weapons misconduct.  He was released in 2017.

Smith said he was currently on probation for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  He violated his conditions and that is why the task force was arresting him.

SWAT negotiators spoke to Bessinger over an hour and convinced him to surrender.

It happened at the Mission Palms Apartments on Orange Grove road near La Canada.


Lupita Murillo

Lupita Murillo

Lupita Murillo is an investigative reporter. She is part of the Digging Deeper team that uncovers important issues focusing on crime that affects the community.
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