A man wielding a high-powered rifle was shot and killed early Friday morning after firing on a South Tucson police officer.
Just before 1:30 a.m., the officer responded to a report of gunshots in the area of South 10th Avenue and West 38th Street just north of Interstate 10, said Lt. Jeff Inorio, spokesman for the South Tucson Police Department.
While patrolling the area, the officer, whose name has not been released, saw a man walking west of 39th Street.
“As the officer approached, the subject turned and faced the officer and fired a high-powered rifle several times, striking the patrol vehicle,” Inorio said. “The officer was able to exit his patrol vehicle, and returned fire, striking the subject.”
The man died at the scene. His name has not been released.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting, which is “standard protocol for an officer involved shooting,” Inorio said.
No further information was released.
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