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Woman, 19, shot by deputy at Tucson Burger King is jailed on suspicion of attempted murder
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Woman, 19, shot by deputy at Tucson Burger King is jailed on suspicion of attempted murder

A woman was shot by a Pima County sheriff’s deputy as she fought with a man outside a Tucson Burger King on Wednesday, authorities say.

Deputies were called to the Burger King at 3485 E. Ajo Way about 10 a.m. for a report of an injured man, said Deputy James Allerton, a Sheriff’s Department spokesman.

Allerton gave the following account in a news release:

When they got there, deputies found Jenitza Romero, 19, fighting with a 19-year-old man in the parking lot. The man had stab wounds.

Deputy Augustine Gonzalez then shot Romero at least once.

Romero was treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and then booked into jail on suspicion of a domestic violence attempted murder charge.

The man was treated and released from a hospital. His name was not released.

Gonzalez, an 18-year sheriff’s deputy, was the only one to fire his weapon. No deputies were injured in the incident.

Details about what prompted the shooting have not been released.

Pima County Sheriff's Department commanders and investigators at an officer-involved shooting at the Burger King at Palo Verde Road and Ajo Way on Oct. 10, 2018.

Contact reporter Gloria Knott at gknott@tucson.com or 573-4235. On Twitter: @gloriaeknott

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