Tucson police ID man killed by officers

2012-12-17T11:14:00Z 2012-12-17T14:44:30Z Tucson police ID man killed by officersVeronica M. Cruz, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

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.

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