Officers shoot, kill man on south side

Tucson police officers were involved in a fatal shooting Saturday night on the south side.

The shooting happened shortly after 7 p.m. in the 100 block of West Irvington Road, near South Sixth Avenue.

The shooting happened in the parking lot of the El Pueblo Regional Center.

Sgt. Chris Widmer, a police spokesman, said a 911 caller reported a man and woman fighting in the parking lot of El Pueblo Regional Center. The caller said the man had a gun.

Two officers arrived within a couple of minutes of the call and there was a confrontation between the man and the officers, Widmer said.

The officers fired at the man, who was struck an unknown number of times.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name and age were not released as of late Saturday.

No officers were injured.

The woman fighting with the man was detained for questioning, Widmer said.

Store clerk dies from stab injuries

The convenience store clerk stabbed by an assailant died from his wounds Saturday, Tucson police said.

Erick Bridges, 22, had been hospitalized in critical condition after being found early Friday at the store with life-threatening wounds.

Tucson police said a customer found Bridges about 1 a.m. at the AM/PM at 7601 E. Tanque Verde Road and called 911.

Sgt. Chris Widmer, a police spokesman, said the attacker was in a short confrontation with Bridges before stabbing him.

The stabber was described as a male in his early 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and was carrying a dark-colored backpack, Widmer said.

Anyone with information should call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Disguised man robs Oro Valley bank

A bank in Oro Valley bank was robbed Friday afternoon.

At about 5 p.m., a man wearing a dark bandanna over his face, an olive green floppy hat, dark sunglasses, a long-sleeve green shirt, blue jeans and brown hiking boots entered the Bank of America in the 12000 block of North Rancho Vistoso Boulevard at East Tangerine Road.

He demanded money from the teller and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, Lt. Kara Riley, spokeswoman for the Oro Valley Police Department, said in a news release.

Because of his disguise, the age of the man is unknown, but he stands about 6 feet tall with a medium build.

Anyone with information can call 911, 88-CRIME or the department at 229-4900.

Kimberly Matas

Lawman: DUI a factor in Picture Rocks crash

Alcohol was a factor in a head-on collision Friday night in Picture Rocks, a sheriff's official said.

A man driving a Ford Ranger pickup eastbound on Picture Rocks Road at about 9 p.m. crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a Dodge Ram pickup, Deputy Jesus Bañuelos, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department, said in a news release. The crash occurred in the 10400 block of West Picture Rocks near North Van Ark Road.

The man driving the Ranger "was found in his truck going in and out of consciousness," Bañuelos said. He was taken to a hospital in serious condition. The man driving the Ram suffered minor injuries.

"Alcohol was a factor in this collision, and a preliminary blood test indicated the driver of the Ford Ranger was more than double the legal limit," Bañuelos said.

Kimberly Matas

Driver critically hurt in SE-side rollover

A woman driving a pickup truck Saturday afternoon was ejected when the vehicle left the road and rolled into a wash.

The rollover at East Irvington Road and South Camino Seco occurred at about 1:50 p.m. Witnesses reported seeing the white truck "flying upwards of 30 feet in the air," said Capt. Barrett Baker, spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department.

A rescue helicopter took the driver to a hospital with critical injuries, Baker said.

Kimberly Matas

Police will step up seat-belt enforcement

Drivers who aren't buckled up might have to pay up during a two-week Click it or Ticket Campaign.

Tucson Police Department traffic enforcement officers will be working overtime shifts from Monday through June 2 to make sure drivers are complying with seat belt and child-safety-seat laws, Sgt. Chris Widmer, a police spokesman, said.

Kimberly Matas

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