Four dead after suspect opens fire on officer serving eviction notice in Arizona

Four dead after suspect opens fire on officer serving eviction notice in Arizona

August 26, 2022

A law enforcement officer and a suspect were among four people who were killed Thursday in Arizona after the officer tried to serve an eviction notice, authorities said.

Tucson Police Sgt. Richard Gradillas identified the officer in a statement as Pima County Constable Deborah Martinez-Garibay, 43.

He did not identify the suspect or the two other people who were killed.

The constable and a complex employee were serving the notice at an apartment complex northeast of downtown Tucson when shots were fired shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday, Gradillas said.

Authorities were investigating, and additional details were not immediately available, Gradillas said.

Sharon Bronson, the chair of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, said that constables “perform a difficult and important job for the people of this county.”

Statement from Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bronson on the line-of-duty death of Constable Deborah Martinez: pic.twitter.com/KpBJoAPojb

— Official Pima County (@pimaarizona) August 26, 2022

“They often encounter people at their most vulnerable and emotional, yet all perform their duties with professionalism and compassion,” Bronson said in a statement shared on Twitter.

“I am heartbroken at this terrible tragedy and I will keep Constable Martinez and all who knew and loved her in my thoughts.”

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