One man dead; police investigate officer-involved shooting

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One man dead; police investigate officer-involved shooting

By Taylor Higgins, Ina Ronquillo, Cory Marshall . CREATED Apr 17, 2014 - UPDATED: Apr 18, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - One man is dead following an officer-involved shooting on Tucson's southside. The shooting occurred at the Wells Fargo bank located at 145 E 22nd Street, near 22nd and 6th Avenue.

Once police arrived at Wells Fargo, the bank robber confronted them, said Tucson Police Department Sgt. Chris Widmer.  Armed with a handgun, Santiago Avila, 35, walked to his car, grabbing a box of ammunition and started walking back to the bank's front door. According to police reports, officers yelled for the man to stop and drop his handgun. He didn't. Shots were fired and the suspect was struck and killed while he was attempting to enter the bank. No officers were injured.

Police say the 35-year-old had a felony warrant out of California for assault on a peace officer and escape.

A witness, who was one of 16 inside the bank at the time of the shooting, tells 9OYS, the gunshots were rapid and too fast to count. The nightmare, she says, lasted no more than ten minutes but felt much longer.

Police blocked off traffic on 22nd between 4th and 6th Ave. for several hours following the shooting.

This is the second officer-involved shooting Tucson Police have been involved with in the past week. Police say this is the third officer-involved shooting this year.

Police confirmed five officers fired their weapons.

The officers are:

  • Jeffry Dellinger, a 23-year veteran
  • Pablo Camargo, a 16-year veteran
  • Pablo Camargo, a 16-year veteran
  • Randy Lucero, a 15-year veteran
  • Oscar Ramos, a 13-year veteran
  • Daniel Martinez, a 7-year veteran

Per protocol, the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.