Suspected robber killed by Tucson police is ID'd

2014-04-18T17:00:00Z 2014-04-18T19:35:33Z Suspected robber killed by Tucson police is ID'dArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 18, 2014 5:00 pm  • 

The suspected bank robber shot and killed by Tucson police Thursday was a fugitive wanted in California in connection with an assault on a peace officer, police said.

On Friday afternoon, police identified the dead man as Santiago Avila, 35.

Online records show that on Dec. 16, 2013, the Weed, Calif, Police Department arrested Avila on charges of obstructing a peace officer and battery on a peace officer. Weed is located in the Mount Shasta area of California near the Oregon border.

Five officers fired their guns during the incident, police also said Friday.

Avila was killed by officers shortly after 1:30 p.m. after he ignored several commands to drop a handgun and tried to walk back into the Wells Fargo at 145 E. 22nd St., police said.

Officers were called to the bank by a teller who said the bank was being robbed. The teller provided police with a description of the gunman.

When officers arrived a man matching the description walked out of the bank. He immediately went back inside, but came out about a minute later. Ignoring repeated orders to stop, he walked to a blue Jeep Cherokee and retrieved two boxes of ammunition, police said.

Officers shot Avila as he walked toward the bank doors with a handgun in one hand and the ammunition boxes in the other, police said in the news release. About 16 people were inside the bank at the time. No one inside was injured.

Efforts to revive Avila were unsuccessful and he died in the parking lot, Sgt. Chris Widmer, a police spokesman, said.

Police said Friday that Avila's gun was fully loaded and that he had a loaded magazine in his pocket in addition to the boxes of ammunition he was carrying.

Tucson police also on Friday released the names of the five officers who fired their guns during the incident:

Officer Jeffry Dellinger, is a 23-year veteran; Officer Pablo Camargo, a 16-year veteran; Officer Randy Lucero, a 15-year veteran; Officer Oscar Ramos, a 13-year veteran; and Daniel Martinez, a 7-year veteran.

No officers were injured. The five officers were placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol for all officer-involved shootings.

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