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UPDATE: Tucson, Marana officers involved in Thursday shootout identified

Published: Jul. 29, 2016 at 6:21 PM MST|Updated: Jul. 29, 2016 at 10:43 PM MST
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Officer Abel Samano. (Source: Marana Police Department)
Officer Abel Samano. (Source: Marana Police Department)
Jesus Rael. (Source: Tucson Police Department)
Jesus Rael. (Source: Tucson Police Department)
Tucson police officer Matthew Keena. (Source: Tucson Police Department)
Tucson police officer Matthew Keena. (Source: Tucson Police Department)
Officer Gabriel Tapia. (Source: Marana Police Department)
Officer Gabriel Tapia. (Source: Marana Police Department)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - KOLD News 13 has obtained news information about the chaotic chain of events that unfolded across the Tucson area Thursday.

First, the names of the Tucson and Marana police officers involved in the shootout have been released.

Second, we've received surveillance photos of the Wednesday bank robbery that kick-started a crime spree that ended with a fatal shooting near the U of A campus.

Authorities said Jesus Rael, 31, robbed the Bank of America on North Cortaro Road, just west of Interstate 10 on Wednesday.

MOBILE USERS: The KOLD News 13 mugshots of the month are available HERE.

Rael got away and officers from the Tucson and Marana police department began looking for him.

Chris Warren, spokesman for the MPD, said officers spotted Rael in a vehicle in the area of West Calle Del Rey and South Mission Road around 1:40 p.m. Thursday.

Rael rammed an MPD vehicle and fled to the southwest side of town.

He then got in a shootout with MPD officers on Interstate 19, stole an MPD cruiser, carjacked and ran over an elderly man, shot at an TPD officer before he was fatally wounded. He also tried to steal a TPD vehicle.

The TPD officer who fired the fatal shot has been identified as Matthew Keena, 3 1/2-year veteran of the department.

The MPD officers have been identified as Abel Samano and Gabriel Tapia. Samano has been an officer for 10 years while Tapia has been with the force for five years. Both have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

The elderly man was hospitalized but is expected to be OK.

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