GRAPHIC CONTENT: Police release video of officer shooting machete-wielding suspect

George Herra was shot by an officer from the Tucson Police Department when he allegedly refused...
George Herra was shot by an officer from the Tucson Police Department when he allegedly refused to drop a machete.(Tucson Police Department)
Updated: Nov. 13, 2020 at 4:26 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Tucson Police released body cam video of an officer-involved shooting that happened near Flowing Wells High early Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The Tucson Police Department said officer Benjamin Boschee shot George Herrera, who was armed with a machete.

The 27-year-old Herrera survived the shooting and is facing at least one felony charge of reckless display of a weapon.

GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING: Video of the shooting can be seen below.

The incident began when an armed Herrera allegedly threatened people at a Circle K at 3970 N. Flowing Wells Road.

Officers showed up and Herrera ran from the scene. According to TPD, Herrera made a statement about hurting someone before running through an alleyway.

Herrera again ignored several commands to stop and drop the machete.

Officers then used a less-than-lethal weapon, a shotgun that fires a bean bag, on Herrera and it had no effect.

Herrera continued to run south and was getting closer to Flowing Wells High and several homes and businesses.

Herrera then ran toward a pedestrian and a vehicle near West King Place, which is just east of Flowing Wells High, while still refusing to listen to officers.

That is when Boschee shot Herrera.

Herrera fell next to the vehicle and officers began rendering aid until Tucson Fire Department arrived.

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