TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - On Saturday, Dec. 19, the Tucson Police Department released video of an officer-involved shooting that took place in midtown Tucson in late November.
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On Nov. 27, just after 5:30 p.m., officers from Operations Division East were dispatched to the 5800 block of E. 32nd Street for a report of a man with a shotgun. As officers were responding, additional information was provided that the suspect, 27-year-old Isaac Daniel King, had asked for ride from a resident and when refused, he pointed a shotgun at the victim. Officers arrived on scene and learned that King had used a rock to damage the victim’s windshield before leaving on foot.
An hour after the initial incident, just after 6:30 p.m., officers from Operations Division Midtown and a TPD K-9 Unit were dispatched to the 2500 block of N. Winstel Boulevard to a report of a burglary in progress by a suspect armed with a shotgun. As officers were responding, information was relayed that the armed suspect had walked into an occupied residence. The description of the suspect matched the previous call. As officers arrived, a K-9 officer and the Tucson Police Department Air Unit located the suspect.
Officials say King pointed the shotgun at the Air Unit and was contacted by a K-9 officer who gave commands to drop the shotgun. Soon thereafter, the officer discharged his firearm, striking King. Officers immediately began rendering aid utilizing their Individual First Aid Kits until Tucson Fire personnel arrived. King was then transported to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, where he is currently receiving treatment. No other community members or officers were injured during the incident.
Detectives with the Tucson Police Violent Crimes Unit and sergeants with the department’s Office of Professional Standards are investigating the incident. The Violent Crimes Unit is conducting the criminal portion of the investigation, while the Office of Professional Standards conducts a separate, but parallel administrative investigation to examine the actions of department personnel. This is standard protocol in all officer-involved shootings. The officer who discharged his weapon has been identified as Ofc. Matthew Merz, a 21-year-veteran of the Tucson Police Department.
Detectives learned King had entered two different occupied residences in the 2400 block of N. Winstel Boulevard, pointing the shotgun at two separate victims before the shooting. Additionally, detectives have determined that King is the suspect in an armed robbery of a Church’s Chicken on Nov. 23.
Once released from the hospital he will be booked into Pima County Jail on two counts of prohibited possessor, two counts of burglary in the first degree, five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of disorderly conduct with a deadly weapon, one count of attempted armed robbery and two counts of endangerment.
Additional details will be released as they become available.