Man injured after officer-involved shooting in South Tucson

Taylor Higgins

South Tucson police say that police responded to 29th Street and 5th Avenue just before 1:00 a.m. after someone called to report a man with a gun.

Man injured after officer-involved shooting in South Tucson

CREATED Aug. 17, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug. 17, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - South Tucson police are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred early Saturday morning.

Lt. Jeff Inorio with the South Tucson Police Department tells KGUN9 that police responded to 29th Street and 5th Avenue just before 1:00 a.m. after someone called to report a man with a gun.

The 9-1-1 caller told police that a man was armed with a shotgun and was arguing with someone, Inorio said.

Once on scene, officers located a man matching the description from the 9-1-1 caller, and the responding officer noticed what appeared to be a shotgun in the man's hand, according to Inorio.

Inorio says the man ran a shot distance before turning to face the officer in a threatening manner. The officer then fired his weapon, injuring the man with multiple gun shot wounds.

Emergency medical personnel transported the man to the hospital, where he is undergoing surgery, Inorio said.

At this time, South Tucson police are not releasing the name of the officer involved in the shooting, but they say that the officer has been placed on administrative leave.

Pima County Sheriff's deputies are assisting South Tucson police with the investigation.

If you have any information regarding last night's shooting, authorities ask that you please call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME. 

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