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Suspect shot in south side officer-involved shooting identified

TUCSON – Tucson Police Department has identified the person shot in Wednesday’s officer-involved shooting.

According to TPD, a vehicle was pulled over in the parking lot of a McDonald’s located at 5225 S. Palo Verde Rd. near Benson Highway in reference to a civil traffic infraction. When the responding officers approached the vehicle on foot, the driver, later identified by police as 37-year-old Vincent Linarez, quickly fled the scene, prompting a police pursuit.

Police say Linarez reportedly struck a police cruiser during the chase. TPD said he was shot by an officer shortly after the collision and transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to officials, Linarez is still recovering from his injuries. Once he is released, he will be booked into Pima County Jail for an active felony arrest warrant for failure to appear in court on a weapons misconduct charge, as well as other charges related to the initial incident.

Police say Linarez’s vehicle allegedly struck another vehicle in reference to the incident.

No other injuries have been reported in reference.

TPD has also identified the officer involved in the shooting as Officer Alfred Anaya, an eight-year veteran with the force.

Anyone with information about the incident is advised to call 88-CRIME.

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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