PCSD: Suspect shot by deputies is same man who stabbed self last month

PCSD: Suspect shot by deputies is same man who stabbed self last month

PIMA COUNTY, AZ ( Tucson News Now) - A man shot by a Pima County deputy on Wednesday, Jan. 6 is being treated for his injuries at the Banner University Medical Center.

Deputies said Kyle Montgomery, 22, was shot in the right shoulder and is expected to survive.

It all started just after 2 p.m., when deputies were sent to investigate a "suspicious man" at a Family Dollar store in Picture Rocks, near Sandario Road and Najo Lane.

Deputies said Montgomery fled from the area, and was tracked to a neighborhood nearby where he was found hiding behind some bushes.

Deputies called for backup after noticing Montgomery had a weapon.

They said when they gave Montgomery commands, he made a threatening gesture, prompting one of the deputies on scene to shoot him.

The deputies pulled out their individual first-aid kits and kept Montgomery stabilized until ambulances arrived.

Deputies have confirmed that Montgomery is the same man who stabbed himself while being pursued by U.S. Marshals during an incident that resulted in a brief closure of westbound Interstate 10 at Orange Grove Road on Dec. 30, 2015.

DPS Public Information Officer Quentin Mehr said he ran from the marshals, who were looking for a fugitive at the Red Roof Inn Tucson North at 4940 W. Ina Road at 9:30 a.m. that day.

He ran across the eastbound lanes of I-10 and into the westbound lanes, where he was nearly hit by a tractor-trailer.

He used a pocket knife to stab himself in the neck.

Arizona Department of Corrections records indicate that Montgomery was released from prison in January 2015 after serving time for second-degree burglary and attempt to traffic stolen property.

County court records show he was busted for shoplifting nine months after his release in October 2015.

Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos said he was extremely frustrated after hearing about the shooting, stating the mental health system has failed.

He questioned why a man who had a run-in with police and the US marshals was already out on the streets again, after attempting to stab himself.

Nanos said Montgomery had a mental health evaluation, and had had a court order served on him as recently as Monday.

"And he's already out there doing something similar," Nanos said. "We don't seem to be able to get this right. I don't understand what is going on with our mental health community. Someone once said our mental health system isn't broke. We just don't have one. There is no mental health system and that's a shame. Our jails, not just my jail, our prisons are filled with people suffering from mental illness.".

He said Montgomery was armed with a sawed-off rifle.

"He could have shot any one of my deputies, or all three of them," Nanos said.

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