Angry Step-Father Shoots Tucson Police Officer, Belt Stops Bullet

On May 18, 2018, at approximately 9:45 p.m., the Tucson Police Department received a 911 call about a Domestic Violence incident at a local bar in the area of E. Broadway Blvd. and S. Camino Seco. The adult male victim reported he was at the bar with some friends, along with his mother and stepfather when an argument ensued.

During the argument, the victim said his stepfather, 51-year-old Roy King, pulled out a handgun and threatened him and a friend. King then left in his vehicle and headed toward his residence in the 700 block of S. Hermosa Hills Place.

Officers responded to the residence on Hermosa Hills where they located King’s vehicle in the driveway. When they approached the vehicle, King began yelling at the two officers from the backyard. King was armed with a handgun and during the confrontation, gunfire was exchanged. One of the rounds fired by King struck Officer Stout’s duty belt, which stopped the bullet from injuring him. King retreated into his residence and called 911.

Additional officers contained the residence and were eventually able to talk King out of the home. King was not injured and was taken into custody without further incident.

Detectives from the Tucson Police Department and sergeants with the department’s Office of Professional Standards responded to continue the investigation. Detectives are conducting the criminal portion of the investigation. The Office of Professional Standards is conducting a separate, parallel administrative investigation to examine the actions of department personnel. This is standard protocol in all officer-involved shootings. Additionally, representatives from the department’s Critical Incident Review Board will evaluate the response to this incident.

After completing the initial investigation, detectives arrested and booked Roy King into the Pima County Jail on two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon for the incident at the bar and two additional counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon for the shooting at the residence.

Detectives are still investigating the incident. Anyone with additional information is asked to call 88-CRIME. You can remain anonymous.

The officers involved in the shooting were Officer Nathan Stout and Officer Steven Clark. Both officers have been employed with the department for approximately 1 ½ years.


  1. I agree with Mr Lowe, there was an attempted deadly assault on a POLICE OFFICER,

    These men and women are not walking targets for every nut job who either is drunk or hunting police in the hateful atmosphere that has been fostered by the progressives and other groups.

    • Think that’s bad my understanding is that bail was set like at 7500.00 Go figure.

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