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TPD identify man killed in officer involved shooting

TPD identify man killed in officer involved shooting

CREATED Jun 28, 2012

Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Police officers responded Thursday to the 3200 block of S. Marc Dr. in reference to an officer involved shooting, according to Sgt. Chris Widmer with TPD.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found 19-year-old Aaron Hunter, who matched the description from a caller who reporter that a man was hiding in an alley against a wall.

Hunter told officers he had no identification with him, but that they could walk with him to his house so that he could get it.

When they arrived at Hunter's house, they noticed he was fidgeting with his hands near his waistband, and the officers were advised over their radios that the man was known to carry weapons.

An officer attempted to pat him down but Hunter tried to fight him and pushed the officer to the ground, then ran and jumped over a wall into his backyard.

The officer pursued Hunter, and saw a handgun fall from the man onto the ground.

The officer pulled his weapon and pointed it at Hunter, who had turned and faced the officer.

Hunter's gun was on the ground between him and the officer. He tried to bend over and reach for the gun and that's when the officer shot him.

Hunter attempted to reach for his gun a second time and the officer shot him again.

Officers administered CPR on the scene and Hunter was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

Hunter was released from the Department of Corrections in 2011, where he served prison time for endangerment and weapons misconduct.

The two officers involved in this incident were placed on administrative leave, which is the Tucson Police Department's policy.