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Police: Plainclothes officer, man exchange gunfire in Tucson

August 21, 2021 GMT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Tucson Police Department is investigating a gunfight between a plainclothes officer and a man that occurred on Friday.

The officer was not injured, police spokesman Frank Magos said. The man who allegedly shot at him is in the hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening.

The shooting followed an unspecified “interaction” between the officer and the man around 2:30 p.m. Friday and quickly evolved into the shooting, Magos said.

Plainclothes officers were in the area in unmarked cars on an unrelated matter, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

The suspect ran across the street into an apartment complex, where he was detained and given first aid, Magos said.


Images captured by the Daily Star show a large police response and road closures stemming from the midday shooting.

The interaction that led to the shooting is under investigation. The suspect and the officer have not been named. No other information was immediately made available.