Authorities have arrested a man who they say fired multiple rounds at a Pima County Sheriff's sergeant who was attempting to conduct a traffic stop on the Northwest Side, an official said Monday afternoon.
The sergeant was not hit and it was unknown Monday if he returned fire, said Sgt. James G. Ogden, a spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department.
The shooting and a short chase that followed began around 10:30 a.m. when the Fugitive Investigative Strike Team and the Tucson Police auto theft task force came across a stolen vehicle at West Overton Road and North La Canada Drive, Ogden said.
The fugitive team and TPD requested that a marked Sheriff's Department patrol car respond to the area to initiate a traffic stop, Ogden said.
A patrol sergeant, whose name has not been released, responded and when he attempted to pull the vehicle over with lights and sirens, the driver did not stop and a chase ensued, Ogden said.
The driver of the vehicle leaned out of the window and fired multiple rounds at the sergeant, but he was not hit, Ogden said.
At Overton and North Upper Bluffs Drive, about 2 miles away from where the vehicle was first spotted, the man stopped the vehicle and ran away, leaving a female inside, Ogden said.
The female was taken into custody and was questioned, Ogden said.
Meanwhile, the Pima County Regional Swat Team, a multi-agency operation, responded and went door to door searching for the man, Ogden said.
When they went to one home, they noticed a man and a woman in the backyard of a neighboring home, he said. They were asked to meet the Swat officers at the front door, which they did.
The couple was then asked for identification and the man handed over an ID that was not his own but in fact belonged to the suspect authorities had been looking for, Ogden said.
The Swat team member told the man, "this is not you, where is he?" Ogden said. The couple initially denied knowing where the man was, but soon admitted that he was inside the home.
They went into the home with a K-9 and found the man hiding, Ogden said.
He suffered a dog bite on his upper thigh and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
The man's name was not available and it was unknown how, if at all, the couple was affiliated with the suspect, Ogden said.
"This was excellent police work," Ogden said of taking the suspect into custody in little more than two hours.