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UPDATE: Authorities identify suspect in officer-involved shooting near Rillito River Park

A Tucson Police officer was involved in a shooting near Rillito River Park early Monday, April...
A Tucson Police officer was involved in a shooting near Rillito River Park early Monday, April 12.(Google Maps)
Published: Apr. 13, 2021 at 11:15 AM MST|Updated: Apr. 13, 2021 at 11:14 AM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A Tucson Police officer was involved in a shooting near Rillito River Park early Monday, April 12.

The Tucson Police Department said it happened in the 4000 block of East River Road when officers followed two suspects into a desert area.

During the confrontation, the suspect brandished two bayonets (long knives typically attached to military rifles) and began charging toward the officer. The officer discharged his firearm striking the suspect.

Officers rendered aid and the suspect was transported to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

TPD identified the man as 37-year-old James Nicholas Pacheco. Pacheco was wanted for kidnapping and sexual assault stemming from an incident that occurred on April 9, 2021, in the 8000 block of E. Senate St.

37-year-old James Nicholas Pacheco
37-year-old James Nicholas Pacheco(Tucson Police Department)

The second suspect was also taken into custody.

Upon his release from the hospital, Pacheco will be charged with Kidnapping (13-1304 (A1)) (F2), Sexual Assault (13-1406) (F2) and Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon on a Peace Officer (13-1204) (F2).

No officers were injured, according to the TPD.

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