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Officer-involved shooting leaves one dead

* Changes were made to the initial story, regarding the burglary suspects being in the apartment as originally reported, as authorities gave new information.


TUCSON – Tucson Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting that left one person dead Sunday morning.

Tucson police responded to a burglary in progress in the 100 block of West Calle Nuevo Vida around 12:42 a.m.

As officers arrived at the scene a vehicle was seen leaving with suspects matching descriptions.

Officers followed the vehicle and performed a traffic stop near Drexel Road and Mako Drive.

As the vehicle stopped three of the suspects fled on foot and the driver remained in the vehicle at the scene.

While searching for the fleeing suspects a witness told police that one of the suspects had entered an apartment at 5601 S. 12th Avenue.

Officers went to the apartment and were given consent to search the apartment by the resident. Shortly after entering officers found multiple people hiding throughout the apartment.

Police say an altercation between the officers and one person inside the apartment occurred. Authorities took the person into police custody.

Officers continued searching the apartment when they encountered someone armed with a handgun hiding in a bathroom. Police say he began fighting with officers. Police say one of the officers discharged his firearm killing the man. Police say details are limited as it’s still under investigation.

Authorities tell us the information given to them regarding the burglary suspects in the apartment was false but some of the people inside the apartment had warrants out for their arrest.

Some of the involved officers sustained minor injuries during the altercations.

The three burglary suspects who fled the initial scene are still on the loose.

We’ll keep this story updated as we receive new information.

Timothy Clemons

Timothy Clemons

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