Jury deliberations start in trial of man accused of shooting TPD officer

2014-01-15T13:07:00Z Jury deliberations start in trial of man accused of shooting TPD officerPatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The trial against a man accused of shooting a Tucson Police officer in the head now rests in the hands of a jury.

The state and defense completed closing arguments Wednesday in the trial of Richard Mendoza, who stands accused of the November 2012 shooting of TPD Sergeant Robert Carpenter.

Carpenter was shot in the head while standing in front of house that had been burglarized earlier in the night. He survived the shooting but has not yet returned to full police duties.

The Pima County Attorney's Office argued that Mendoza, who admitted to the burglary, shot Carpenter while hiding near the home.

Mendoza's attorney argued that police can't place him in the area at the time of the shooting but did concede he committed the burglary.

The jury began deliberations before noon Wednesday.

Read about Carpenter's testimony here.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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