MARANA, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - One man will be charged after being injured in an officer-involved shooting at a shopping center near Ina and Thornydale roads on Saturday, Sept. 5.
According to police at the scene, officers went to the Five Guys restaurant at 7077 N. Thornydale Road at about 5:45 p.m. because of a report of a man sleeping in a car in the parking lot.
Officials say 31-year-old Tyler James Dahlstrom tried to run away when police got him out of his car to perform a DUI test.
Officers pursued him and he fired a gun at them an undisclosed number of times. Police returned fire with an undisclosed number of rounds and struck Dahlstrom .
Police disarmed Dahlstrom and he was taken to a hospital for treatment. No officers were injured.
Officials say Dahlstrom is still in the hospital receiving treatment.
He will be charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder and prohibited possession of a firearm by a felon.
The officers involved in Saturday’s incident are:
- Sgt. Chriswell Scott
- Ofc. Vincent Rizzi
- Ofc. Esteban Norzagaray
- Ofc. Bradley Barton
According to authorities, Dahlstorm has been in an officer-involved shooting prior to this incident. In May 2013, Dahlstrom was in a vehicle PCSD deputies tried to pull over near River and La Canada. Dahlstrom ran from that vehicle and jumped in a different vehicle. When deputies stopped the second vehicle, Dahlstrom ran again. That is when he tripped and a firearm he was carrying went off. A deputy then fired a shot, but no one was hit.
Dahlstrom later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and misconduct involving weapons.
He was released from prison January 2020 and was prohibited from having firearms.
According to Arizona DOC, Dahlstrom’s previous convictions are:
- 2009: Solicitation of a narcotic drug, possession of drug paraphernalia.
- 2010: Vehicle theft.
- 2013: Vehicle theft, misconduct involving weapons, attempt to commit dangerous drug violation.
- 2014: Misconduct involving weapons, disorderly conduct.
The investigation is ongoing.
Since Aug. 22, there have been three other officer-involved shootings in the greater Tucson area.
- On Aug. 22, Fernando Valenzuela was shot by police after allegedly shooting at two Tucson police officers.
- On Aug. 26, 17-year-old Simon Pancho was shot by Tucson police after allegedly drawing a .45 semi-automatic handgun while fleeing from a sting operation.
- On Thursday, Sept. 3, 15-year-old Elmer Virgen was shot by a Tucson police officer after allegedly firing at officers and a K-9 who were pursuing him. Virgen was being sought in connection with Pancho shooting.