Tucson, AZ – A suspect dragged a Pima County deputy with his vehicle, then shot him, before the deputy returned fire and killed him.
Motors Deputy Jose Velasco conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at around 3:20 p.m. in the 300 block of Ajo Way, according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.
The deputy made contact with the driver, who accelerated his vehicle, dragging the deputy behind him.
The deputy was able to free himself, get back to his motorcycle, and pursue the suspect.
The suspect got trapped behind backed up traffic and Deputy Velasco caught up to him.
The suspect then opened fire, shooting the deputy in the leg.
Deputy Velasco returned fire and permanently relieved the suspect of his duty to appear in court. The suspect has not been identified at this time.
The deputy was able to save himself with a tourniquet before being transported to the hospital where he remains in stable condition.
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