Police kill man who was hiding in doghouse

2013-04-25T00:00:00Z 2013-04-25T20:50:40Z Police kill man who was hiding in doghouseArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Tucson police officers shot and killed a man who was hiding in a makeshift doghouse outside a central-city apartment.

The shooting occurred at the St. Michael's Apartments in the 5300 block of East Ferry Drive near Freedom Park, between South Swan and South Craycroft roads, just before 2 p.m. Wednesday.

A woman called 911 just before 1:30 p.m. to report a suspicious man hiding inside a makeshift doghouse in her backyard, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

When officers arrived, they saw the man crouched down inside the doghouse. The man had a gun and the officers told him to drop the gun, Widmer said. The man did not and at one point "raised the gun toward the officers, and the officers fired," Widmer said.

The man, age 33, did not fire at the officers, Widmer said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His name was not released, pending notification of family.

The woman who called 911 said she did not recognize the man, and investigators do not know why he was in the woman's backyard.

The officers, who were not hurt, will be placed on administrative leave during the shooting investigation, which is standard practice in officer-involved shootings.

The officers' names were not released.

- Carmen Duarte

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