Officer involved shooting
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Reporter: Liz Kotalik
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The sun was still rising over the north-west side this morning when neighbors heard shots being fired.
"A loud bang," said David Wampole, a man who lives just across the street from the scene. "Like a loud pistol shot."
A sheriff's deputy had just shot 49-year-old Michael Schuoler outside of a home near Pepper Tree and Mulberry Tree Lanes.
Pima County Sheriff's Department responded to a domestic dispute call around 5:30 this morning.
Deputies said the woman inside of the home told them her boyfriend was in her car.
She said she needed to go to work, he wouldn't get out and he was dangerous.
They tried talking to Schuoler, but he refused to listen.
"Deputies confronted the male outside of the residence," Deputy Tom Peine with P.C.S.O. said. "At some point during this confrontation, the male reached for a weapon."
Peine said while one deputy was talking to Schuoler on the driver's side of the car, Deputy Curtis Greenman was on the passenger's side.
Deputy Greenman saw Schuoler take something out of his waistband, and that's when he shot Schuoler, fearing his partner's life.
Later, they realized Schuoler had taken out a knife.
"They told him to take his hands off the steering wheel, and they finally got the door open," Wampole said. "They drug him out onto the ground and then all I could hear was him screaming, you know, yelling in pain."
Deputies pulled out their first aid kits and began treating Schuoler before an ambulance arrived.
That's when they realized he also had cut himself on his neck.
"Normally it's very peaceful here," Brandon Lambert said. He has lived in the neighborhood his whole life.
"Other than the normal dispute, you know, someone looking over into someone's yard and going, oh the H.O.A. wouldn't approve of that."
Schuoler is still in critical condition at U.A.M.C. Deputies have not filed charges against him at this time.
Deputy Greenman has been with P.C.S.O. since March 2012. He is on administrative leave for 72 hours while investigations continue, which is standard in this type of situation.