A burglary suspect shot by a sheriff’s deputy Wednesday was brandishing a BB gun, not a rifle, according to newly released information.

Slade Steven Olsen, 21, who was shot multiple times by a deputy, remains hospitalized but is expected to recover, said Deputy Courtney Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

A man who lives in the 13500 block of North Thornydale Road, near West Moore Road, called 911 about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday after finding Olsen in his house.

Both the homeowner and Olsen were armed with handguns, but the resident was able to disarm Olsen, according to new information from the Sheriff’s Department.

When the victim called 911, the dispatcher advised him to get out of the house. Olsen left the house, too, but doubled back and re-emerged with a BB gun he found inside. The gun resembled a military-styled rifle.

Olsen cornered the homeowner on the front porch and tried to trade the BB gun for the return of his handgun, but the homeowner refused.

When deputies arrived, Olsen pointed the BB gun at them, according to a news release. Deputies ordered Olsen to drop the gun before one of them shot him.

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

He is facing two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument and one count of burglary in the first degree, Rodriguez said.

Deputy Justin Meeboer was placed on administrative leave after the shooting, which is standard procedure. He is a two-year verteran of the department, officials said.

Olsen has several arrests in other counties, including for disorderly conduct and trespassing, according to online records.

Kimberly Matas

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