UPDATE: Domestic violence suspect shot, killed by Sahuarita officers

Published: Nov. 13, 2016 at 2:22 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:16 PM MST
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SAHUARITA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A man is dead after a car chase that stemmed from a domestic violence call in Sahuarita, according to police.

He has been identified as 29-year-old Richard T. Herrera Jr.

The domestic violence call came in a little before 11:30 Saturday night, and three Sahuarita officers responded to a home in the 100 block of Placita Lago del Encanto, according to a Sahuarita Police Department media release.

Police initially reported that Herrera tried to run over them in a small car, but they have since rescinded that claim.

An update from SPD on Sunday evening said Herrera was accused of assaulting other people and being heavily intoxicated before beginning the chase.

The chase ended about five miles away in the 1300 block of Calle de la Plaza, where the three officers were involved in a shooting incident with Herrera, who they have confirmed had a gun and was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured.

Rudy Musquiz lives in the neighborhood where the chase ended.

He said he was putting up Christmas lights with his two sons in his front yard when he heard sirens come closer.

Once he saw police lights and several cars stopping in front of his home, he knew something wasn't right.

"And they kept saying constantly drop your gun, put your hands up," said Musquiz. "He would not comply."

Musquiz added he thinks he heard at least 12 gunshots.

Tonight, he placed a candle by his mailbox for the suspect who died.

"Officers gave verbal commands for Herrera to raise his hands; however, he raised a loaded 9mm pistol, fired at least one shot while sitting in the driver's seat. It's unknown the exact direction the gun was pointed when it was fired, but Herrera then pointed the gun toward officers. Officers returned fire, striking Herrera. Herrera was the sole occupant of the car and there are no other outstanding suspects," according to a news release.

Right now, the three officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave which is standard procedure for this type of incident.

SPD added that preliminary information shows the shooting was within department policy.

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