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Jul 4, 2012 7:53 PM

Police identify suspect shot and killed by officer overnight

TUCSON - Tucson Police say a man who advanced on an officer with a large edged weapon was shot and killed by the officer overnight.

On July 4, shortly after midnight, Tucson Police responded to a report of a man assaulting someone with a baseball bat at the mobile home complex in the 200 block of South Norris Avenue, according to a TPD news release. Two adult men suffering serious injuries provided officers with a description of the suspect, who was known to them.

With the help of a search helicopter, officers tracked the suspect to the backyard of a residence in the 2300 block of East Parkway Terrace, the TPD release states. The suspect, later identified as 39-year-old Vincent Alvarez, appeared from a garage and began to aggressively advance on Sergeant Benjamin Frie with a large edged weapon, the TPD release states.

Sergeant Frie gave the suspect repeated commands to drop the weapon, but he refused, and continued to advance on him, the TPD release states. Sergeant Frie shot Alvarez when he was about seven feet from him, striking him multiple times. Tucson Fire paramedics responded to render aid, but pronounced Alvarez dead at the scene.

Detectives form the Homicide Unit, Office of Internal Affairs, and the Night Detective Unit responded to conduct an investigation and review, standard protocol after an officer-involved shooting.

Sergeant Frie, a 10-year veteran of the Tucson Police Department, was involved in a deadly standoff situation back in April when a man barricaded himself inside a west side home for several hours. Frie, as a SWAT officer and acting sergeant, utilized deadly force against the man when he presented himself. The man's wife was found dead inside the home.


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