UPDATE: Police identify officers involved in deadly shooting near Tucson Boulevard, Drexel Road

Police investigate an officer-involved shooting at 5515 S. Forgeus Avenue in Tucson Wednesday,...
Police investigate a deadly officer-involved shooting at 5515 S. Forgeus Avenue in Tucson on Dec. 7.(KOLD News 13)
Published: Dec. 7, 2022 at 5:37 AM MST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2022 at 9:16 AM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Police have released the names of the officers involved in a deadly shooting on Tucson’s south side on Dec. 7.

The incident happened shortly before 2 a.m. at an apartment complex near South Tucson Boulevard and East Drexel Road.

The officers involved in the incident were identified on Tuesday, Dec. 27, as Sgt. Nicolo A. Solarino, a 7-year TPD veteran; Ofc. Vicente Valenzuela, a 4-year TPD veteran and Lead Police Officer Rudolpho Tomas Gallego, a 5-year TPD veteran.

According to the Tucson Police Department, officers responded to a domestic disturbance in an apartment in Las Villas de Kino Apartments, 5515 S. Forgeus Avenue.

A man was acting erratically, stabbing items inside a woman’s apartment, and had also gotten into an altercation with a neighbor. When police arrived, the suspect was outside the woman’s apartment, holding a knife.

The suspect ignored repeated commands to drop the weapon, so police fired a less-lethal beanbag shotgun at him. The suspect then tried to return to the apartment, which is when fired their firearms, striking the man.

The suspect died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Police have not identified the suspect.

The Pima County Regional Critical Incident Team is performing the criminal investigation of this incident. The TPD Office of Professional Standards is conducting an internal investigation, as is normal with officer-involved shootings.

This incident was the second shooting involving the Tucson Police Department in less than a week. A man was killed in an officer-involved shooting near Grant and Oracle roads late on Dec. 4.