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TPD: Suspect shot himself following armed robbery at Tucson pharmacy

Tucson police are at the scene of an armed robbery at a pharmacy on East Broadway Boulevard.
Tucson police are at the scene of an armed robbery at a pharmacy on East Broadway Boulevard.(KOLD News 13)
Published: Aug. 25, 2021 at 8:59 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Tucson Police have confirmed that a suspect has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound following an armed robbery at a Tucson pharmacy.

Police say the suspect entered the Walgreens on 8730 E. Broadway Blvd. on August 25 and robbed the pharmacy at gunpoint.

After the robbery, police then tracked the suspect’s vehicle and pursued it until it collided with a gate. The driver, 31-year-old Virgilio German Alegria, was taken into custody by officers. He has been booked into Pima County Jail on armed robbery, aggravated robbery and felony flight from law enforcement.

31-year-old Virgilio German Alegria
31-year-old Virgilio German Alegria(Tucson Police Department)

The front passenger, 23-year-old Ray Arredondo, ran from the scene and later carjacked a minivan.

Investigators located the minivan and found that Arredondo barricaded himself in a shed attached to a home a few blocks over.

When TPD SWAT were called to assist, they found he had died from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, German Alegria has a criminal history in Pima County. In January 2011, he was convicted of burglary and theft and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years. In October 2017, he was convicted of attempting to trafficking in stolen property. He was sentenced to 3 1/2 years and was released March 2020. While in prison, he was found guilty of several disciplinary infractions -- assault of an inmate, fighting, promoting prison contraband, disorderly conduct and smoking.

No officers or bystanders were injured.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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