A burglary suspect with a rifle who was shot Wednesday night by a sheriff’s deputy is expected to survive, officials said.

At about 6:30 p.m., a homeowner in the 13500 block of North Thornydale Road near West Moore Road called 911 about a burglar in his home, according to a Pima County Sheriff’s Department news release.

He had received a call from his alarm company indicating a motion sensor was activated and drove to his house to investigate. The man found 21-year-old Slade Olsen in his home, the department said.

Olsen, who was armed with a rifle, was walking out of the home just as deputies pulled up.

Olsen refused commands from a deputy to drop the rifle, then pointed it at the deputy, the news release stated. The deputy fired at Olsen and struck him multiple times.

Olsen was airlifted to a hospital with critical injuries, but he is expected to survive.

He is expected to be charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument and one count of burglary in the first degree, said Deputy Courtney Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department.

Kimberly Matas

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