Tucson Police officer shot, suspect shot in custody

A Tucson Police Officer and a suspect were both wounded in a shooting Monday night on the city’s south side, the officer was checking the suspect at 34th and Park Avenue, when he fled and then opened fire striking the officer.

Tucson, Az. At about 8 p.m. in the area of East 34th Street and South Park Avenue a Police officer who was working a special assignment with gangs and narcotics enforcement was conducting an investigative stop.

During the stop a man that was the subject of the stop on a bicycle fled on the officers involved. The man who was in his 20’s fired on officers as they pursued him. One officer was struck by gunfire and officers returned fire on the suspect according to Chief of Police Chris Magnus.

The Officer was taken to Banner- University Medical Center Tucson. He had non-life threatening injuries, and was in good condition. The Officer, whose name was not released, was conscious and talking.

The suspect was also taken to Banner University Medical Center Tucson and was listed in critical condition. The suspect was in surgery at last report with undisclosed injures.  The suspects name was not released nor were the current charges that he would face. It was however noted that he was in possession of a quantity of cocaine at the time of the shooting and his subsequent arrest.

Chief Magnus said the officer has been on the force for 12 years, and served in the Marines before joining the Tucson Police Department.

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