Tucson police interview witnesses at the site of a police shooting at St. Michael's Apartments, near Freedom Park. A man was fatally shot after he raised his gun toward officers, police said.


The Tucson Police Department has released the names of the officers involved in an east side shooting Wednesday.

Also release, was the name of the man killed.

Officers David Ortiz and Anthony Flores responded at 1:20 p.m. to a call about a man hiding in the backyard of a unit at the St. Michael’s Apartments in the 5300 block of East Ferry Drive near Freedom Park, between South Swan and South Craycroft roads, Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the TPD, said in a news release.

The officers saw 33-year-old Robert Lopez, armed with a handgun and “crouched down inside of a makeshift dog house just outside the back door,” Widmer said. “The officers drew their service weapons and began giving verbal commands to the subject. The subject did not comply ... and began to raise the weapon towards the officers. Both officers fired their weapons and the subject was struck multiple times.”

Lopez did not fire his gun, Widmer said.

Per department policy for officer-involved shootings, Ortiz, an eight year veteran of the TPD, and Flores, who has been with department for 12 years, were both placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated, Widmer said.