Doghouse death: Police shoot and kill man hiding in backyard
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Officers shot and killed a 33-year-old man after he raised his gun at them while hiding in a backyard.
Sgt. Chris Widmer with tells KGUN9 the shooting happened in the 5300 block of South Ferry Drive on April 24.
Police received a 9-1-1 called regarding suspicious activity at a residence. A woman reported an unknown man was inside the doghouse in her back yard.
Officer David Ortiz and Officer Anthony Flores responded and located a male suspect in the backyard, said Widmer.
The man was armed with a handgun and both officers fired their duty weapons striking him multiple times.
The man was pronounced deceased at the scene. Neither officer was injured during the incident.
Detectives responded and determined that Officer Ortiz and Officer Flores made contact with the homeowner in front of her home as they arrived on scene. The officers made entry through the front door of her home and exited through the back door in an attempt to locate the subject, said Widmer.
As officers exited into the back yard, they immediately saw the subject crouched down inside of a makeshift doghouse just outside the back door. The man was armed with a handgun.
The officers drew their service weapons and began giving verbal commands to the subject. The subject did not comply with the verbal commands and began to raise the weapon towards the officers. Both officers fired their weapons and the subject was struck multiple times, said Widmer.
David Ortiz is an 8-year veteran of the Tucson Police Department. Officer Anthony Flores is a 12-year veteran of the Tucson Police Department.
Personnel from the Office of Internal Affairs continue a separate and parallel administrative investigation, examining the actions of department personnel in response to this incident.