UPDATE: Authorities identify suspect, deputy involved in shooting in Pima County
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A hit-and-run crash turned into a deputy-involved shooting in Pima County late Sunday, Jan. 22.
The Pima Regional Critical Incident Team said the crash involving a pickup truck happened in the area of West Valencia Road and South Camino Verde around 8:35 p.m. Shortly after the crash, 911 callers reported a brush fire that had been caused by a black Chevrolet truck driving on a bare rim.
Deputies from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department found the damaged truck in the 6400 block of West Swan Falls Way, which is near Los Reales and Camino Verde. As deputies arrived, the suspect, identified as 43-year-old Ricardo Castro, discharged his firearm from inside his garage, striking a deputy in the leg.
A deputy, identified as Christopher Campbell, fired his department-issued firearm, striking the suspect. Campbell is a 6-year PCSD veteran.
The wounded deputy was taken to a hospital and is currently recovering from serious injuries. The suspect was taken to a hospital and remains in critical condition.
After his release from the hospital, Castro will be booked for attempted first-degree murder, according to PRCIT.
The incident began shortly before 5:30 p.m. with reports of a man discharging a firearm in the 6400 block of West Swan Falls Way. The man left the area in a black Chevrolet truck.
PRCIT is handling the criminal investigation and the Tucson Police Department will be the lead agency.
PCSD Internal Affairs will conduct a separate, but parallel, investigation to determine if any policy violations occurred.
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