Woman killed, man injured in stabbing near Fort Lowell, First Avenue in Tucson

73-year-old Stephen Rudisill
73-year-old Stephen Rudisill(Tucson Police Department)
Published: Sep. 9, 2023 at 2:41 PM MST|Updated: Sep. 10, 2023 at 4:03 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (13 News) - The Tucson Police Department responded to reports of a stabbing shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Friday, September 8, at the 700 block of East Fort Lowell.

According to TPD, a woman was found with signs of sharp-force trauma. TFD personnel rendered aid, but she died at the scene. The woman was identified as 40-year-old Jessica Johnson. The family has been notified.

Police found a male suspect nearby while they were rendering aid to the victim.

The TPD detained the suspect, identified as 73-year-old Stephen Rudisill.

Authorities said a second victim, an adult male, had signs of sharp force trauma and was taken to a hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Rudisill and the two victims had an altercation.

Rudisill used a sharp-edged weapon during the altercation to strike the two victims.

Detectives developed a probable cause to arrest Rudisill. He is facing one count of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault.

The TPD said is being held at the Pima County Jail.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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