The Tucson Police Department is actively investigating an officer-involved shooting on Monday morning.
According to the Tucson Police Department, on April 12, 2021, just before 8:30 a.m., officers responded to N. Alvernon Way and E. Paradise Falls Dr. for the report of a wanted individual, 37-year-old James Nicholas Pacheco.
When officers arrived to the area, a patrol officer found Pacheco, the wanted individual, and a female acquaintance. Pacheco and the female fled on foot into the desert area.
The officer chased Pacheco into the desert area where he confronted him. During the confrontation, Pacheco brandished two bayonets (long knives typically attached to military rifles) and began charging toward the officer. The officer discharged his firearm striking Pacheco.
Pacheco was subsequently transported to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Pacheco was wanted for kidnapping and sexual assault stemming from an incident that occurred on April 9, 2021, in the 8000 block of E. Senate St. Upon his release from the hospital Pacheco will be charged with Kidnapping (13-1304 (A1)) (F2), Sexual Assault (13-1406) (F2) and Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon on a Peace Officer (13-1204) (F2). Additional charges may be added at the conclusion of the investigation.
The officer who discharged his weapon has been identified as Officer Daniel Garcia, a 6-year veteran of the Tucson Police Department.