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N4T: Report details investigation into South Tucson police officers

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After nearly 6 months a 215 page investigative report into the conduct of two then South Tucson police officer is complete.

It doesn't say who was right or wrong, but there is an interview that stands out.

Conducted by the Department of Public Safety investigators interviewed a Pima County Sheriff's deputy who responded to the scene outside Garrett Murphy's house.

When he arrived he says he thought "Why on earth is he (Schenek) doing this? Why would you follow somebody in your car with (redacted) on board to confront him (Murphy) over a traffic violation."

The entire incident started in July of 2016 after a rock kicked up by Garrett Murphy's truck broke the windshield of officer Thomas Schenek.

Off-duty and driving his personal vehicle at the time, Schenek followed Murphy to his home, confronted him, left, and then returned in his South Tucson patrol car and wrote Murphy several tickets for reckless driving and criminal damage.

Interviewed by News 4 Tucson in August, Murphy says he was driving appropriately and that it was Schenek who was driving recklessly.

Schenek has declined interviews in the past and was not immediately available regarding the report.

However, in the report he says that he was safeguarding the public. And that "Mr. Murphy needed to be arrested and I arrested Mr. Murphy."

The report also centers on the conduct of Schenek's superior officer Lt. Jeff Inorio.

Schenek called Inorio several times during the incident.

In the report Inorio states that he believes it was "absolutely" a conflict that Schenek was both the investigator and the victim.

"He should not have been but he was," said Inorio in the report.

In the report Schenek states that he doesn't believe being the victim was an issue.

Schenek retired from South Tucson as previously planned in 2016.

According to South Tucson Police Chief Michael Ford, Inorio was terminated in December.

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