Cops fatally shoot man;

woman wounded in raid

A man was killed during a confrontation with two officers Wednesday night at a midtown apartment, Tucson police said. A woman not involved in the confrontation was injured, they said.

The man shot and killed by police was identified as Michael Duncklee, 28, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department.

The woman was struck by gunfire aimed at Duncklee, Widmer said. She was treated and released from University of Arizona Medical Center, Widmer said.

The shooting occurred when officers responded to a 911 call from the apartment complex at 3810 E. Monte Vista Drive. The manager called to report that people were inside a unit where the renters had been evicted, and she wanted the people removed, Widmer said.

Officers Robert Soeder and Allan Meyer arrived at the complex near East Glenn Street and North Alvernon Way at about 11:15 p.m. They announced they were police before they entered the apartment through the unlocked front door, Widmer said.

As Soeder and Meyer were checking for occupants, they came across a closed bedroom door and identified themselves again. Duncklee, who was carrying a hockey stick, came out of the bedroom and confronted the officers, Widmer said.

Soeder and Meyer both fired their weapons, striking Duncklee, Widmer said. He said the officers then quickly realized there was a woman in the bedroom who was struck by the gunfire. Widmer said he did not know how many times the woman was struck.

Duncklee was pronounced dead at University of Arizona Medical Center, Widmer said.

Soeder has worked for the department for 14 years, and Meyer for two years.

Homicide detectives are conducting the criminal investigation into the shooting. Internal affairs investigators are conducting an administrative investigation to see whether the officers followed departmental rules and procedures.

Soeder and Meyer were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure when police are involved in shootings.

Carmen Duarte

TPD releases names
of homicide victims

Tucson police have released the names of a man and a woman found dead in a midtown mobile home Wednesday morning.

Faustino Solis Garcia, 23, was found dead from gunshot wounds at about 7:15 a.m. by a person walking in the area, said Officer Brandon Tatum, a Tucson Police Department spokesman. Garcia was lying in the doorway of a mobile home at a trailer park in the 4500 block of East Fairmount Street, southwest of the intersection of East Pima Street and North Swan Road.

When officers arrived they also found a woman, Kassandra Medina, 20, shot to death in the home, Tatum said.

Their infant daughter was found in the home unharmed.

Kimberly Matas

FBI says two women

giving illegal injections

The FBI is looking for two women it says came from Mexico to Tucson to perform unlicensed medical procedures to make butts bigger.

The women — Ivonne Clarisa Ceballos Tapia and Perla Guadalupe Rubio Prado — are named in an FBI news release that warns the pair are performing cosmetic medical procedures “which enlarge the buttocks area via injections of a non-approved FDA substance.”

The women are not licensed and are injecting polyacrylamide hydrogel (PAAH) into women. PAAH, a watery gel, is banned in the United States, Special Agent Perryn T. Collier said in a news release.

The FBI and the state Attorney General’s Office are working to identify women who might have received the procedure. Anyone treated by the women is advised to seek medical attention.

Anyone with information about the probe is asked to call the FBI at 623-4306 or Assistant Attorney General Mike Jette at 628-6504.

Arizona Daily Star