TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Police in Tucson worked for hours to peacefully resolve a situation with a suspect barricaded in an apartment complex on the city’s east side Friday. The situation ended with the suspect shot and killed by an officer, according to a release from Tucson Police Department.
It stated officers first responded around 1:00 p.m. Friday to the River Oaks Apartments, which is near Broadway and Pantano.
The TPD said they believed the suspect involved in the standoff was armed so they blocked off the area as a precautionary. A woman told officers her ex-boyfriend/roommate Jacob Frausto, 41, had a rifle and would not let her and her son leave their apartment.
Officers and negotiators tried for hours to talk Frausto out of the apartment, according to the release. It stated neighbors were escorted out of their homes, and, at one point, Frausto fired several rounds outside.
A member of the department’s SWAT team shot Frausto, according to the agency’s update on Saturday. It stated the bomb squad robot was then sent into the apartment to check on him.
Emergency crews rushed Frausto to the hospital, where he later died, according to TPD. Officers found a custom, high-powered rifle in the apartment.
Two separate investigations are underway, according to TPD. A criminal investigation into Frausto’s action and an internal investigation into the officer-involved shooting, which is standard practice for situations like this.
The officer who fired his weapon has been identified at Officer Timothy Anderson, who has worked for the department for 9 years, with 6 of them as a member of the SWAT team.
No officers or neighbors were injured in this situation.