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Crime Trackers: Neighbors recall Scarlett Street Shootout

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Chris Chapman was shocked when he saw a Tucson Police Department officer come around his house with a with a gun drawn. Chris Chapman was shocked when he saw a Tucson Police Department officer come around his house with a with a gun drawn.

TUCSON - Neighbors are describing the battle over drugs in the 8100 block of E. Scarlett Street as a shootout  in broad daylight.

In the area south of Broadway Boulevard and east of Pantano Road, a quiet neighborhood made up of retirees and young families.

Chris Chapman has lived there since 1999. He was shocked when he saw a Tucson Police Department officer come around his house with a with a gun drawn. Chapman works from home. He said he was on a conference call with his headphones on when it happened.

The family dog, Cooper, began barking up a storm, alerting Chapman.  He checked it out and saw police surround the house across the street from his.

Police told him that home was a stash house.

Neighbors said the person who moved into that house had only been there for about a month.  The resident was UA Pharmacy graduate student. She  had signed a three-year lease.

Police told the neighbors that someone had showed up and opened fire on another person who was packaging drugs inside the house.  That individual had come through the back alley and shot through the back windows and doors.

The bullets went flying, shattering some glass. One went through the house across the street and landed at a neighbor's house. Chapman spoke to the neighbors. 

“They said they thought a bird had hit their house and didn't think anything of it," said Chapman. "They didn't hear the gunfire because it was behind the house in the backyard.”

Another neighbor said they saw a man running through their yard about the time the dog began barking and police were going through the neighborhood looking for the suspect.  Chapman told his wife, Therese, who was outside working in the garden to come inside.

Therese said she grabbed her 3-year-old daughter, Lucy, and stopped to look out their front window. 

“I noticed some flip flops in the road  and I saw some cops surrounding the house with their guns out of their holsters,” she said.

She grabbed her daughter and the dog, and they locked themselves inside one of the bedrooms.

“To have that kind of crime and know that shots were being fired during the day over drugs so close to home is scary,” she said.

Neighbors said police found weapons, drugs and cash.   Police are looking for the people involved.

If you have any information, call 88-CRIME or 911. 

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