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Officer-involved shooting closes southside streets

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TUCSON - Tucson Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting at 12th Avenue and Ajo Way.

According to Tucson Police spokeswoman Kim Bay, officers pulled over a white man in his 30s in the Walgreens parking lot at 12th and Ajo because they believed he have be connected to an ongoing felony investigation.

Bay said the suspect began ramming parked vehicles in the parking lot, before three officers opened fire on the suspect vehicle. The driver drove out of the parking lot and onto Ajo Way before striking a vehicle at 12th and Ajo.

The suspect continued driving before crashing into nine more cars at 6th and Ajo, including one police vehicle. Bay said all of the people in the vehicles were not seriously injured, but at least two needed to be taken to the hospital.

Witnesses also said the suspect was driving very fast, hitting vehicles, including a truck with a man in a bed and a TPD patrol car. A young child was also somehow involved.

“After we heard the gun shots from down the street on 12th and Ajo, the man came this way and I am assuming the police officer shot down his tire, because he was running on a flat and the front end of his truck was pretty smashed up,” said witness Adrian Garcia. “By the time he got to here, he tried to chance his life to get past all the other vehicles and make sure he could get away. But at that point, he put everybody's lives in danger.”

The suspect was tased and taken to the hospital too. Bay said he has life-threatening injuries. It is unknown if he was ever struck by police fire.

According to officials, no police officers were injured.

Bay said the officers will be placed on administrative leave, following TPD protocol. The Office of Internal Affairs is investigating the incident.

The intersections of 6th Avenue and Ajo Way and 12th Avenue and Ajo Way are shutdown. Police are diverting traffic out of the area. It's unknown how long the streets will be closed.

Stay with News 4 Tucson for updates on this developing story.

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