TPD still searching for person(s) involved in officer shooting

Photo of Patrol Sergeant Robert Carpenter who was shot in the head Sunday, Nov. 18 while responding to a 9-1-1 call about a possible burglary in the 4000 block of east Elmwood. He is expected to survive the shooting.

TPD still searching for person(s) involved in officer shooting

CREATED Nov 19, 2012

Reporter: Justin Schecker

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas


TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - While Sgt. Robert Carpenter continues his recovery from a gunshot to the head at the University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson police continue to search for the man who shot one of their own early Sunday morning in a midtown neighborhood near Broadway and Alvernon.

After the surgery, Carpenter was responsive. He knew his birthday and he knew where he was. Now, the focus is on who shot him.

Police describe the suspect as a 20 to 30-year-old balding man, about 5"8 and about 160 pounds. He was wearing a dark blue jersey with the numbers "43" in large red letters.

TPD Chief Roberto Villasenor says police do not know if the shooter was involved in the burglary or what was his motive, but they are putting the shooter on alert. 

"We're going to bring all of our forces to bear on this," Villasenor said on Sunday. "This is just not something that's going to go away. We're going to find this individual. We're going to apprehend him."

Police say no one was inside the house at the time of shooting. They add the bullet the shooter was fired was at least a .22 caliber.

Police are asking for your help. If you heard or saw anything - or recognize the gunman's hat -- call 911 or 88-crime. You can remain anonymous.