One dead following officer-involved shooting in South Tucson

Investigators were in the area searching for a homicide suspect
(13 News)
Published: Jul. 21, 2023 at 9:47 PM MST|Updated: Sep. 7, 2023 at 4:50 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (13 News) - An officer-involved shooting in South Tucson left a man dead late Friday, July 21.

According to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, the shooting happened in the 100 block of West 36th Street around 7:11 p.m.

The PCSD’s fugitive investigations unit was in the area looking for a suspect in a fatal shooting July 19. The PCSD said detectives spotted someone who looked like the person in question, so they began following him.

The suspect began running and detectives chased him. During that pursuit, a detective shot the suspect and he died at the scene.

The suspect has been identified as 43-year-old Manny Jesus Rodriquez. The family has been notified.

The PCSD said a firearm was recovered near the suspect.

No officers or other members of the public were injured. The detective who discharged his firearm has been identified as Detective Joseph Klein, a 20-year Pima County Sheriff’s Department veteran.

A second suspect, Christopher Rodriguez, was recently arrested. Authorities said Rodriguez, who has a long criminal history including several weapons charges, killed 21-year-old Lionel Mathews in the 3000 block of South 6th Avenue.

Christopher Rodriguez
Christopher Rodriguez(Pima County Sheriff's Department)

The Pima Regional Critical Incident Team will handle the criminal investigation while the PCSD will be conduct a separate investigation to determine if any policy violations occurred.

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