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PCSO Deputy Involved Shooting Update
 
Posted: 12/23/2013 12:00 AM
 
On Monday, December 23rd, 2013 at 6:25 a.m. an armed robbery occurred at the “M Passion Adult Boutique” in Picacho Peak. Two armed suspects entered the business and tied up the female employee in a back room. The female was able to escape and called 9-1-1 as the suspects were running out the back door. The safe from the business was taken by the suspects.

An “attempt to locate” was broadcasted to law enforcement agencies.

At 6:29 a.m. a PCSO deputy located an Audi passenger car in the area of the reported robbery leaving at a high rate of speed westbound on Interstate-10. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle by using his emergency lights and siren. The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated in which the Audi reached speeds in excess of 120 mph.

At 6:37 a.m. the suspect vehicle exited onto northbound Highway 87. The suspect vehicle pulled into a dirt field and then the suspect vehicle and deputy’s vehicle collided.

Initial information is the two armed suspects exited the vehicle and shot at the deputy. The deputy returned fire and shot both suspects. One suspect died at the scene and the other suspect who was shot in the arm and leg attempted to run. The deputy was able to catch him and attempted to arrest him yet the suspect fought with him. Eventually the suspect was taken into custody and transported to a hospital to be treated for his gunshot wounds.

Detectives from our Criminal Investigations Bureau are on scene and will be conducting both the robbery and deputy involved shooting investigation.

The deputy involved is a seven year veteran of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently assigned to our patrol division but also is a member of our SWAT and Search and Rescue Team.

The two suspects involved are both adult males in their thirties. Once next of kin notification has been made I will send out an update to include their names.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “These armed robbers tied up the female clerk and thought they were getting away with the cash from the register and the safe, yet our deputies were quick to catch these bad guys. In the end, our deputies go home safe and one suspect goes to the morgue and the other to the hospital before life in prison. Our deputy involved in the pursuit and shooting is a highly disciplined patrol deputy who is a member of our special weapons and tactics team."
Public Information Officer

Tim Gaffney
520.705.8124
pcsopio@pinalcountyaz.gov



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