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Man killed in officer-involved shooting identified

An officer exchanged gunfire with an armed suspect near Glenn and Country Club Wednesday morning. Photo: Image by Ricky Vasquez

Man killed in officer-involved shooting identified

By Phil Villarreal, Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Sep 3, 2014 - UPDATED: Sep 4, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that lead to the death of 58-year-old Ronald David Henry Jr.

Sgt. Chris Widmer with Tucson Police tells KGUN9 that on September 3, officers responded to the Quickmart near Country Club and Fort Lowell for reports of a suicidal subject.

When officers arrived on scene, they spoke with an individual who told them he had just been in a domestic violence incident with a family member.

During the altercation, the victim reported a family member pointed a handgun at him, said Widmer.  He told police the family member had displayed aggressive behavior and made threats to harm himself.

The family member then left the Quickmart in a vehicle.

A 911 call was received a short time later from a home in the 2800 block of East Glenn Street, said Widmer.

The caller told dispatchers that Henry Jr. was in the front yard with a handgun, arguing with the family member who had originally called 911 from the Quickmart.

Officers arrived as Henry Jr. was backing out of the driveway in a vehicle, said Widmer. Both officers stopped their vehicles behind the suspect vehicle which prevented the suspect from backing out any further.

Henry Jr. remained in his vehicle and produced a handgun.

According to witnesses, the suspect was making suicidal statements while waiving a gun around and pointing it at his head.

Witnesses also reported hearing officers negotiate and plead with the suspect to put the gun down for several minutes.

The suspect then pointed the weapon at the officers at which time shots were fired.

Widmer says the suspect was struck and officers immediately began to render first aid. He was transported to a local area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Detectives from the Homicide Unit and the Office of Internal Affairs are investigating this officer-involved shooting.