On April 13, 2018, just after 8:40 p.m., Tucson Police officers responded to the area of S. 6th Ave. and E. Pennsylvania Dr. for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they located an adult male on the ground with an obvious gunshot wound. The adult female shooter was on scene and complied with officer commands. Officers immediately began rending aid to the male while summoning paramedics. Members from the Tucson Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the male to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Detectives from the Tucson Police Department Robbery Unit responded to the scene to further the investigation. They learned the female was leaving a store in the 4400 block of S. 6th Ave. She entered her vehicle and as she attempted to close the door an unknown male approached her and demanded her car keys while holding a hatchet. The female was able to retrieve a handgun and told the male to leave. As the male raised the hatchet, she shot the male. She was able to keep the male from leaving until officers arrived on scene.
The investigation is ongoing. The suspect remains in the hospital and charges are pending his release.
Related article: Tucson Has Destroyed Thousands Of Guns Since 2013
In 2016, an Arizona legislator filed a request with the Arizona Attorney General to open an investigation into the alleged destruction of guns by the City of Tucson in violation of Arizona statute.
Later, the Attorney General’s Office issued a report finding that Tucson may have violated A.R.S. 13-3108, which provides the state with the right to regulate firearms. Section F specifically prohibits “any agency or political subdivision of this state and any law enforcement agency in this state” from facilitating “the destruction of a firearm or purchase or otherwise acquire a firearm for the purpose of destroying the firearm…”
The Attorney General’s Office then sued Tucson and in 2017, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that the City can no longer destroy firearms that have been confiscated by police or turned in by citizens. The Court found that a 2005 Tucson ordinance that says the Tucson Police Department, after it seizes a gun, “shall dispose of such firearm by destroying the firearm.” The Court said the ordinance runs violated several state laws.
Tucson has the highest crime rate in Arizona.