Nov 26, 2012 6:21 PM by Ian Cross

Man pulls gun during heated exchange at Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving

TUCSON - Long lines and Black Friday stress may have contributed to an argument in an east side Wal-Mart parking lot on Thanksgiving evening that ended with a driver pulling a handgun and pointing it at a family car.

At about 8:15 p.m. Thanksgiving night, police were called Speedway and Kolb due to reports of an aggravated assault, according to a Tucson Police news release.

The victim reported to police that he was a passenger in a car leaving the Wal-Mart parking lot at 7150 E. Speedway Blvd., along with his family, including his 11-year-old cousin. The traffic was heavy, and the car was in a long line to exit the parking lot.

The car behind the victim's began honking his horn and yelling at him, the news release states. The victim and the driver of the other car exchanged words. Then they both exited the lot and then headed north on Kolb Rd., stopping at the traffic light at Speedway. The two exchanged more words, and the driver of the suspect vehicle pulled out a handgun and pointed it towards the victim, the news release states. The victim vehicle fled the area, and the victim reported the incident to police.

On November 25, police followed up on the case and located the suspect vehicle at an apartment complex. The officer interviewed the suspect and a woman who was a passenger in his vehicle, and developed probable cause to arrest the suspect for one count of Reckless Display of Weapon.

Mark Tuareyev, 25, was booked into Pima County Jail.

Pictured: Mark Tuareyev, courtesy Tucson Police.


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