Police vehicle strikes down suspect who shot at Tucson officer

Police vehicle strikes down suspect who shot at Tucson officer

Paul Irvin

Paul Irvin

An armed suspect accused of shooting at a Tucson police officer during a traffic stop early Monday was captured across town that evening when a police vehicle struck him down as he tried to flee a second time, authorities said.

The officer involved was identified Tuesday as Matthew Powell, a nine and a half-year veteran of Tucson Police Department who chased after the gunman and returned fire.

The traffic stop marred by gunfire occurred around 3 a.m. Monday on North Tucson Boulevard near East Blacklidge Drive.

By Monday evening, authorities established that the wanted man was likely on Tucson's south side. A K-9 unit tracked the suspect to a bus bench near South Alvernon Way and East 29th Street and he tried to run off as officers closed in, a news release form Tucson Police Department said.

"As they attempted to apprehend him, he fled on foot and was struck by a law enforcement vehicle," it said.

The suspect, Paul Irvin, 48, was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries and was later booked into the Pima County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault on a peace officer.  Police said he still had a gun on him when taken into custody. 

Homeland Security and the U.S. Marshals assisted TPD detectives in the investigation, the news release said. 

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