Crime Spree on South Side Ends in High Speed Pursuit

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A crime spree on Tucson’s south side sent two men to the hospital on Wednesday.

The incident started around 2 p.m. in the 4100 block of East Dover Stravenue, when police were called to the area for reports of an armed robbery and carjacking. According to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, the suspect’s initial attempts at stealing a vehicle were unsuccessful, and he then went to another residence and stole a vehicle while taking a man hostage. The Tucson Police Department was investigating a related incident near Valencia and Interstate 10, and they located the vehicle near East Drexel Road and South Alvernon Way. The pursuit began after a deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, and it was during this time that the suspect began pointing a gun at the hostage and deputies following him.

The pursuit ended on Aviation Parkway near E. 34th Street when the suspect veered the stolen vehicle and hit a concrete median. Deputies confronted the suspect, who pointed the gun at the hostage inside the vehicle, at which point shots were fired.

According to Pima County Sheriff’s Department, deputies took the suspect into custody and learned that he had a bullet wound, so they began administering aid and took him to Banner University Medical Center for treatment. The man who was taken hostage was also taken to the hospital, and he is expected to be OK.

No law enforcement were injured in the incident, and the eastbound lanes of Aviation were closed for several hours as the investigation continued.


Visit the official website of Pima County Sheriff’s Department for updates.

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