Feb 11, 2013 1:10 PM by Erika Flores

Suspect shot by deputies in critical condition Monday

UPDATE: The suspect who was shot by deputies is in critical condition Monday, Pima County Sheriff's Deputy Tom Peine said. He was hit on the right side of his torso, Peine added.

TUCSON - A domestic dispute ended with a Pima County Sheriff's deputy opening fire at a man.

It happened on the Northwest side near Orange Grove and Camino de la Tierra.

That suspect is in the hospital at UAMC in critical condition.

It started out as an argument between boyfriend and girlfriend but now the suspect is in the hospital fighting for his life from a gunshot wound and a slit neck.

Shattered glass, bloody clothes, shoes and even a first aid kid used to treat the suspect were at the scene.

"It was a loud bang. Like a loud pistol shot. It woke me up about 5:30 this morning." said neighbor David Wampolie. "I saw two officers yelling the guy in the car and they took him they told him to take his hands off the steering wheel."

It happened on the 61 hundred block of Pepper Tree Lane.

Some neighbors still on edge, didn't want to appear on camera.

"I came out to investigate, and when I opened up the door I pretty much saw and heard the pops from gunfire and the light show the flash from the gun," said a neighbor.

Sheriff Deputies said they responded to an argument between Michael Schuoler and his girlfriend.

"I did hear a man and a woman yelling at each other," said the neighbor.

Deputies said the girlfriend told them she feared for her safety because Schuoler had been violent with her before.

"I met that lady before and she doesn't seem well balanced," said neighbor Cliff. "I thought she kicked her boyfriend out but the relationship seemed pretty bad."

Cliff lives behind the girlfriend and said he had heard them arguing before.

"Sounded like someone was getting thrown around in that trailer," he said.

Investigators said Schuoler reached for his waistband to pull out a knife.

Fearing for the safety of his partner, Deputy Curtis Greenman shot Schuoler.

"They finally got the door open they finally drug him out on the ground, and all I could hear was him screaming. It sounded like he was in pain," said Wampolie.

Not only was he in pain from a gunshot wound, but investigators told News 4 Tucson, Schuoler had slit his own neck with his knife.

"There's a lot of kind of strange stuff that goes on around here anyway. I just stay to myself," said Wampolie.

Deputy Greenman has been placed on administrative leave which is standard procedure after an officer involved shooting.

As for Schuoler, charges are pending.


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