Man killed, deputies identified in shooting in Casino Del Sol parking lot

Published: Jul. 22, 2018 at 3:41 AM MST|Updated: Jul. 23, 2018 at 5:09 PM MST
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PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Late Saturday, July 21, 39-year-old Vincent James Ewer II died in a deputy-involved shooting in a parking lot at Casino Del Sol.

The deputies involved in the shooting have been identified as Deputy Paul Petropoulos, a 22-year veteran, and Sergeant Aaron Cross, a 17-year veteran.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department said no deputies were injured in the incident, which started around 10 p.m. with a car chase.

During the pursuit, the suspect rammed a Pascua Yaqui Police Department vehicle in the casino's parking lot before running into a desert area.

The PCSD said the armed suspect, who has not been identified, was then shot at by two deputies. The suspect was hit and died at the scene.

An officer with the Pascua Yaqui Police Department suffered minor injuries but did not require hospitalization.

One of the department canines also received minor injuries, but was treated and released back into his handler's care.

Tucson News Now's David Kelly was at the casino to cover a boxing match. He said an announcement was made at the end of the bout that a parking garage would be closed for hours.

Reporter Melissa Egan and Kelly tweeted coverage from the scene all night. You can follow Melissa HERE and Kelly HERE.

It has been a dangerous month for law enforcement in the Tucson area.

On July 8, Craig Yelton died after he was shot several times by Tucson police officers. The TPD said Yelton, 34, was armed when he confronted officers outside an apartment complex on Tucson's east side. No officers were injured in the shooting.

On July 16, David De La Cruz was shot by a Pima County Sheriff's deputy outside a home near Three Points. De La Cruz survived the shooting, which happened when deputies tried to take him into custody for outstanding warrants. No deputies were seriously injured in the incident.

On July 17, Juan Manuel Correa-Leyva was fatally shot after shooting a Pima County Sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop near the intersection of Ajo Way and Country Club Road. The deputy was hit in the leg and is expected to make a full recovery.

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