The 35-year-old male suspect shortly arrived at the burning property and opened fire, Magnus said.
A 44-year-old neighbor was shot in the head and killed, according to the police chief. He said a Tucson Fire Department captain of 17-years service was hit in the arm but is in stable condition, while a second neighbor was grazed in the head by a bullet and in a good condition.
A badly burned body was also found inside the home but authorities had not yet been able to establish its gender or relationship, Si alguna, to the suspect, Magnus said.
He said police responded after fire personnel had notified them that they were being shot at as they fought the blaze. An officer-involved shooting occurred at a third location after the suspect fled the scene and was sighted by a police officer.
Chief Magnus said the officer and the suspect saw each other and the suspect proceeded to ram the officer’s patrol car, disabling it. The police officer was able to exit the car when the suspect began shooting and returned fire, striking the suspect, Magnus said.
El sospechoso — who police did not identify — is in “very critical condition” el jefe dijo. Police believe only one suspect was involved in the complex incident, él dijo.
The chief said the officer who exchanged gunfire with the suspect is an 8-year veteran of the force.
“This is both a highly tragic, really horrific incident with many unknowns at this time,” Magnus said during the press conference.
Police are also searching for the whereabouts of two to three children who are connected to the residence where the deadly house fire took place.
La investigación está en curso.