Teen shot, killed on Tucson's south side

2013-11-18T00:00:00Z 2013-11-19T08:30:32Z Teen shot, killed on Tucson's south sideBy Veronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

An 18-year-old man was shot and killed, and another man injured in separate shootings — one involving an officer —Saturday night.

Around 10:15 p.m., a Tucson Police Department officer driving near South Park Avenue and East Irvington Road heard gunshots and began to investigate, Sgt. Maria Hawke, an agency spokeswoman, said in a news release.

The officer was flagged down by several people in a gray 2004 Chevy Silverado near South Park Avenue and East Drexel Road, and was told that one of the men in the truck had been shot.

The man, Antonio Flores, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 11 p.m.

Police closed nearby roads, and an officer positioned his car on Park near Drexel to prevent cars from driving south on Park .

The officer got into a confrontation with the occupants of a 2006 Ford Ranger that approached him, and the driver of the truck quickly started to make a U-turn with the officer hanging from the passenger window, the release said.

The officer freed himself from the truck and fired his weapon several times at the vehicle.

The driver, Ramon Cedeno-Soto, 36, was struck at least once. The officer was not injured.

The driver then crashed and ran from the truck into a nearby mobile home occupied by a woman and her two children, and refused to come out.

A passenger in the Ford Ranger stayed in the truck after the crash and was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.

After about an hour, Cedeno-Soto came out of the home and was taken into custody, police said.

The woman and children were not hurt.

Cedeno-Soto was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound.

He was released Sunday and then booked into the Pima County jail on suspicion of one count of endangerment.

The original incident started when the occupants of the Silverado were parked in the Circle K parking lot near Campbell Avenue and Drexel, and the occupants of another vehicle fired an unknown projectile at them, police said.

One of the occupants of the Silverado was hit but was not injured.

The driver of the truck began following the other vehicle to get its license plate information, and when they caught up near Drexel and South Copper Plate Avenue, several shots were fired from the other vehicle. Flores was struck at least once.

The other vehicle drove away. The only information given about the vehicle is that it was dark-colored.

Anyone with information about the shooting or the suspects is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME (882-7463).

Contact reporter Veronica Cruz at vcruz@azstarnet.com or 573-4224.

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