Shoot-out with Tucson police lands suspect in the hospital

2014-04-12T15:04:00Z 2014-04-12T15:05:48Z Shoot-out with Tucson police lands suspect in the hospitalKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 12, 2014 3:04 pm  • 

A man who engaged in a shoot-out with police officers Friday night is in stable condition at a local hospital, a Tucson official says.

Two officers were serving a search warrant at about 7:30 p.m. on an apartment in the 2600 block of North 14th Avenue near the intersection of West Glenn Street and North Oracle Road.

Before the officers even got to the door, though, 36-year-old Michael Castillo came out and fled on foot, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department.

Castillo, whose face and head are covered with tattoos, “is believed to be involved in multiple incidents involving narcotics and weapons offenses.” Dugan said.

During the chase through the apartment complex, “a confrontation ensued and multiple gunshots were exchanged between the subject and officers,” Dugan said.

Castillo was struck several times. He was taken to a local hospital where he was in stable condition Saturday afternoon.

The officers were uninjured.

Detectives from the TPD homicide, night detectives and gang units and the Office of Internal Affairs are investigating the shooting.

As is standard practice in all officer-involved shootings, the Homicide Unit will conduct a criminal investigation into the incident, Dugan said. “Additionally, the Office of Internal Affairs will conduct a separate and administrative investigation to examine the actions of department personnel in response to this incident.”

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