On July 9, 2014, at approximately 6:27 p.m., Foothills District deputies responded to the 13,500 block of N. Thornydale Road reference a burglary in progress.
The homeowner received a call from his alarm company indicating a motion sensor was activated when no one was supposed to be at his house. The homeowner drove to the location and confronted an armed suspect inside the house.
Eventually the suspect walked out of the residence as patrol deputies arrived on scene. Deputy Meeboer gave commands to the suspect to drop a rifle he was holding in his hands. The suspect then pointed it at Deputy Meeboer, who subsequently fired his handgun, and struck the suspect multiple times. The suspect remained alert and talking while deputies administered life saving measures. The suspect, identified as 21-year-old Slade Olsen, was airlifted to a local trauma center. Mr. Olsen is in critical condition; however it is not believed that his injuries are life-threatening.
Deputy Meeboer has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, which is standard procedure following an officer involved shooting. Deputy Meeboer is a two year veteran of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.