Police have identified the carjacking suspect fatally shot by officers after shooting a police dog last week in a midtown neighborhood.
Fernando Velarde-Loureiro, 53, was shot and killed after stealing a man’s truck at gunpoint, leading officers on a chase that ended in the Sam Hughes neighborhood and killing a police dog, Sgt. Maria Hawke, a Tucson police spokeswoman said in a news release.
Velarde-Loureiro left the truck in an alley near East Second Street and North Stewart Avenue and ran into the front yard of a home in the 2900 block of East Second Street. Officers released Ivan, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, in an effort to protect the officers after the man brandished a gun. The man shot Ivan, who bit Velarde-Loureiro in the left arm, one time at close range and refused to comply with officers’ orders to put his gun down prompting four officers to shoot him several times.