Law and order

Deputies were investigating the theft of a vehicle by a gunman Saturday afternoon when a passerby told them there was a body dumped on the side of a nearby road, officials say.

The incident started about 1 p.m. when deputies were in the 2900 block of East Blackbrush Road, near South Country Club and Old Vail Roads, talking to workers who told them a gunman had stolen their work truck, Deputy Cody Gress said in a news release.

The workers said the gunman fled after pointing a gun at them and demanding keys to the vehicle.

Deputies were talking to the workers when a passerby said he’d found a man’s body on the side of the road about a mile away.

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The body had “obvious signs of trauma” the news release said.

Meanwhile, Tucson police contacted the Sheriff’s Department after they said a man called them from a convenience store near South Craycroft Road and East 29th Street about 1:30 p.m. saying he’d stolen the vehicle from the workers on Blackbrush.

That man was being held in connection with both the stolen vehicle and the discovery of the body, Gress said.