TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Tucson Police Department is reporting that Vincent Linarez, the suspect who was hit in Wednesday’s officer involved shooting, was released from the hospital on Friday morning, July 19 and has been booked into the Pima County Jail. He faces four counts of felony endangerment as well as his felony arrest warrant.
According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, Linarez has a long criminal history that includes convictions for aggravated assault, flight from a law vehicle, endangerment and criminal trespass.
The officer-involved shooting took place on Wednesday, July 17 around 4:45 p.m. in the 5200 block of South Palo Verde Road.
According to the TPD, officers attempted to stop a vehicle believed to have a wanted suspect, identified as Linarez inside. The vehicle Linarez was in sped away from the scene, hitting an officer and another vehicle before turning onto Palo Verde. It was at this point an unmarked TPD vehicle crashed into the suspect’s vehicle to stop it.
Shortly after the collision, Officer Alfred Anaya, an eight-year veteran with the TPD, discharged his firearm, striking Linarez who was still inside the vehicle.
Officers rendered aid and Linarez was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
No officers were injured including the one that was hit by the suspect’s vehicle.
The Violent Crimes Unit is investigating the shooting, while the Office of Professional Standards is investigating the actions of the officers, which is standard protocol.
It was determined that Linarez had an active felony arrest warrant for Failure to Appear in court on a Weapons Misconduct charge.
Anyone who has information on the incident is asked to call 88-CRIME, they can remain anonymous.