UPDATE: Two in custody after police find explosive device in vehicle near El Super

Evacuations lifted

UPDATE: Two in custody after police find explosive device in vehicle near El Super
Heavy police presence at the El Super parking lot (3372 S 6th Ave.) (Source: KOLD News 13 Staff)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Tucson Police Department Bomb Squad removed an explosive device from a vehicle Saturday afternoon, after police stopped two men at a traffic stop.

The TPD Bomb Squad are working on doing a counter charge to the explosive to make it safe before disposing of it, TPD said.

The TPD said several businesses evacuated due to the threat, including Panda Express and El Super, but are re-opened at this time.

During a traffic stop at the El Super parking lot, near 6th Avenue and the freeway, an officer saw what appeared to be an explosive device on the center console, according to TPD.

Heavy police presence at the El Super parking lot (3372 S 6th Ave.)
Heavy police presence at the El Super parking lot (3372 S 6th Ave.) (Source: KOLD News 13 Staff)

The TPD said the officer told both passengers not to move and had the driver step out of the car to detain him. When he tried to detain the passenger of the car, he began fighting with the officer and they noticed the passenger had a gun on him. It took several officers to detain him.

Upon a background check, police discovered that the passenger is a prohibited possessor, meaning he has been arrested before and is not allowed to carry a gun, TPD spokesperson Sgt. Dugan said.

During further search, officers found the passenger possessed methamphetamine. He is being charged with two felony charges because of the dangerous drug and unlawful possession of a weapon, the TPD said.

The vehicle did not belong to either occupants and no one is being charged for the device at this time, while the investigation is ongoing.

There are other pending charges at this time, Dugan said.

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