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Crime Trackers: PCSD seeks black vehicle with police lights in connection to Monday's murder

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New details about the shooting death of 26-year-old Gerardo Camacho have been released.

Early Monday morning, a car pulled into the parking lot at a Circle K convenience store located at 9810 S. Nogales Hwy, near Vail Connection Road, and a man ran into the store and said his friend had been shot. When Pima County Sheriff's Department arrived, they found Camacho dead inside the vehicle.  

According to investigators, it was in South Tucson on Third Avenue and 33rd Street where Gerardo Camacho, another man and a woman were pulled over by individuals in a black vehicle.

“The vehicle was equipped  with some red and blue lights used to make a false traffic stop," said Sheriff Chris Nanos. "It was at that stop where an individual was shot and killed.”

Nanos, a former narcotics officer, said individuals pretending to be cops and making traffic stops is a common practice among drug traffickers. Investigators believe, “this case seems to be involving narcotics trafficking, without a doubt. “

The site of flashing red and blue lights generally gets your attention. Instinct and wanting to follow the law usually tells you to pull over. However, Nanos said, if you don't feel safe, “maybe there's no markings on the car, maybe the individual in the car is not in a uniform, maybe it's just too dark to tell, but you feel uncomfortable, whatever it may be, go ahead and call 911."

It’s at the Pima County Sheriff’s Communication Center where calls are taken.

It's also where deputies radio in to let the communications center know they are making a traffic stop.

When Cecelia Ochoa was a 911 operator, she took a call from a frightened mother with two young children.

“She was concerned because she didn't know that was a law enforcement official that was trying to pull her over,” said Ochoa.

Ochoa said she immediately contacted a deputy who gave instructions as to what direction he wanted the woman to drive towards. The deputy did this because he wanted to intercept her and the unmarked vehicle in a well-lit area.

Throughout the call, Ochoa stayed on the phone.  

“My priority was that the woman was safe and remained safe,” she said.

Turned out in that case, it was a law enforcement vehicle.

However in Monday’s case, detectives are still searching for suspects in the murder of Gerardo Camacho. If you have information call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME (882-7463).

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