Posted: Aug 20, 2012 6:15 PM by Lupita Murillo
Updated: Aug 20, 2012 6:52 PM
TUCSON - The Tucson Police Department is investigating an accident involving a veteran officer.
Chris Fenoglio, was rushing to the scene of a priority call when he struck and killed a pedestrian.
It happened just before 2 a.m. on Speedway near Rosemont . Police say 34-year-old Stephen Douglas was wearing dark clothing and was not in a crosswalk.
Officer Fenoglio, a 13-year veteran of the department is assigned to the service dog unit. He has been put on administrative leave.
His attorney Michael Storie, spoke exclusively to News 4.
"The officer had no idea that anything had occurred until literally the windshield exploded," he said.
He says the 13-year veteran followed procedure responding to a "hot" call.
"He was on a domestic violence situation with a deadly weapon, those are treated very seriously and they rush to those," Storie said.
Kelsey Guerrero witnessed the incident. She says she saw the officer get the call and had his lights and sirens on. She moved over so he could pass her.
"I'm driving, the cop's driving, I see that person dart out, the cop stops and I'm still driving and getting closer to the scene," she said.
She adds, "Further on I noticed that there was a person on the ground and the cop had pulled over he was on the left side still the person who was laying on the ground behind the cop car by then."
She says she thought that was the call the officer was heading too.
Storie says, "He's going through a lot of emotions he's in shock he's upset he's sad by what happened today."
Guerrero says, that could have been her who hit the pedestrian that's how quickly it happened.
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