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Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2012 5:35 pm

On Saturday morning around at 7:26 a.m., the Tucson Police Department received to a 911 call from the Valencia Garden Apartments located at 190 West Valencia Road.

An adult male reported to 911 that a Hispanic male in a wheelchair had just tried to shoot him. Officers from Operations Division South were dispatched to the scene. Sergeant Ray Mechtel, a 17-year veteran of the Tucson Police Department, arrived within one minute of the call being dispatched. As he arrived, Sergeant Mechtel confronted a subject matching the description given. The subject pulled a weapon from his waistband at which time Sergeant Mechtel discharged his duty weapon at the subject, striking him. Responding officers gave first aid to the subject until Tucson Fire Department emergency personnel arrived to assist. The subject was transported to a local area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Homicide Detectives and personnel from the Office of Internal Affairs responded to continue the investigation. They learned that a confrontation ensued between the complainant and the subject in the wheelchair. During the alteration, the subject fired atleast one round from his handgun. The complainant immediately called 911. Sergeant Mechtel was the first to arrive on scene. As Sergeant Mechtel was awaiting for back-up officers to arrive, he was saw a subject matching the description given, facing away from him. Sergeant Mechtel drew his duty weapon and ordered the subject to show his hands. The subject turned the wheelchair around to face the Sergeant. After repeated commands to show his hands,

the subject reached into his waistband and pulled out a handgun. The subject began to raise the gun towards the sergeant, at which time Sergeant Mechtel discharged his duty weapon, striking the subject.

The deceased male from this incident was identified as 23-year old Johnny Castillo-Romero. Next of kin have been notified.

Homicide Detectives continue their criminal investigation into the incident. Personnel from the Office of Internal Affairs are conducting an Administrative Investigation to ensure proper procedures and applicable policies were followed.

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