An Arizona police officer shot a sexual assault and kidnapping suspect who charged at him with two bayonets, police mentioned.
Officer Daniel Garcia opened hearth on James Nicholas Pacheco Monday because the crazed man ran in the direction of him armed with two lengthy knives — one in every hand, police mentioned.
Garcia, a six-year Tucson division vet, responded to an intersection within the metropolis’s Midtown neighborhood after getting a report of a “needed particular person” and located Pacheco, 37, and a feminine acquaintance, authorities mentioned.
Each Pacheco and the girl, who was not publicly recognized, then ran off.
“The officer gave chase into the desert space the place he confronted the suspect,” division officers mentioned in a press release. “Throughout the confrontation, the suspect brandished two bayonets (massive knives sometimes hooked up to army rifles) and started charging towards the officer.”
Garcia responded by discharging his firearm, hanging the man.
Pacheco was taken to a hospital with life-threatening accidents, police mentioned. He was listed in secure situation Tuesday, Tucson police spokesman Sgt. Richard Gradillas informed The Publish.
The girl with Pacheco was additionally questioned by police, however she was not arrested and is taken into account to be a witness within the case, Gradillas mentioned.
“The investigation continues to be open, so we’re limiting her involvement till after the case is closed,” Gradillas wrote in an electronic mail.
Pacheco, of Tucson, had been sought by cops for an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault that occurred Friday, police mentioned.
As soon as he’s launched from a hospital, Pacheco will probably be charged with kidnapping, sexual assault and aggravated assault with a lethal weapon on a peace officer, authorities mentioned.
An inside investigation into the officer-involved taking pictures is ongoing. Garcia was on administrative go away Tuesday because the probe continues, Gradillas mentioned. No different accidents had been reported.
The size of the knives Pacheco had in his fingers was unclear, Gradillas mentioned.