Tucson police kill man, say he pulled gun
by Associated Press (June 24th, 2009 @ 6:36pm)
TUCSON, Ariz. - Tucson police say a man pulled a gun on an off-duty officer who had stopped to help motorists, and the officer fatally shot him early Wednesday.
Police say Officer Rico M. Acevedo has been placed on paid leave - standard procedure in such incidents.
Tucson police spokesman Sgt. Fabian Pacheco says Acevedo and another officer were driving home in their own vehicles after their shifts ended at midnight when they spotted a car apparently crashed on an Interstate 10 frontage road. Two men and two women were standing nearby. The officers stopped to help.
Pacheco says one of the men pulled a gun and tried to carjack Acevedo, striking him in the face with the weapon. Acevedo pulled his own gun and fatally shot the man, who was identified by authorities as 28-year-old Paul J. Hoppler.
Police say Hoppler was pronounced dead at the scene.