BREAKING: Pima Co. Deputy Dragged, Then Shot, Gets Up And Takes Out Gunman

Pima County Deputy Jose Velasco fatally shot the man who dragged and shot him.

Tucson, AZ - A suspect dragged a Pima County deputy with his vehicle, then shot him, before the deputy returned fire and killed him.

Motors Deputy Jose Velasco conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at around 3:20 p.m. in the 300 block of Ajo Way, according to the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

The deputy made contact with the driver, who accelerated his vehicle, dragging the deputy behind him.

The deputy was able to free himself, get back to his motorcycle, and pursue the suspect.

The suspect got trapped behind backed up traffic and Deputy Velasco caught up to him.

The suspect then opened fire, shooting the deputy in the leg.

Deputy Velasco returned fire and permanently relieved the suspect of his duty to appear in court. The suspect has not been identified at this time.

The deputy was able to save himself with a tourniquet before being transported to the hospital where he remains in stable condition.

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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

He shouldn't have held onto the vehicle -- bad tactics.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Wow! What a story! I'm so glad it has a happy ending!

Righton17
Righton17

Good outcome, this time.

KCN
KCN

Great outcome! Another savings for the taxpayers as well👍Glad that the Deputy came out on top. Always happy to see a win for the good guys in the ongoing battle of good vs evil.

IggyRu
IggyRu

Dead suspects can't testify! Happy the officer survived.

JBo
JBo

This is a cop that just won't give up. He just keeps coming at you until he gets you. Well done.

Katarina
Katarina

Rapid and complete healing for the Deputy. Great job!

Mrs10
Mrs10

@Burgers Allday Without any type of visual cues it's impossible to say. It may have been that he wasn't holding anything and was simply moved along with the vehicle until he could right himself. There are numerous scenarios and we can "what if" all day but the point is the officer was dealing with very dangerous situations but still maintained to do his job. I'd say that means his tactics were very good.

jwieder
jwieder

Great job Deputy Velasco. Prayers for a full and speedy recovery.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@Mrs10:. No, he held on. The driver didn't grab him and the vehicle didn't grab him. We see these bad tactics over and over

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Best wishes on healing quickly and completely Deputy Velasco. Good job.

Karen Balmain
Karen Balmain

Thank you officer Velasco. My thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

JBo
JBo

@Mrs10

Give it up with Burger Boy. He's a troll and self professed expert on all things police related even though the closet he's ever been to police action is a TV.

Mrs10
Mrs10

@JBo I hear you. But I wonder if this mindset comes from lack of knowledge about the subject or from a place of animosity. Either way I believe that addressing the comment(s) or incorrect assumptions politely and objectively is the most effective. Even if it falls on deaf ears there is still opportunity for someone else to benefit. I also figure that this is a forum where some come looking for trouble so they can further their anti-cop rhetoric. I refuse to give them any.

Thanks for what you and others do (or did) to come us safe day after day!

SDLucas
SDLucas

Burgers...you know the details how, exactly? And, who's the "we" you speak of?

Prayers for a quick and full recovery for this deputy.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I know that when a police officer gets "dragged" by a car, it means that she or he was hanging onto the car as it started to move. It always surprises me that there are people out there who don't realize this (or at least pretend not to). It is an important issue because it impacts police officer safety and Blue Lives Matter.

Blue_lives_Matter
Blue_lives_Matter

Many thanks to this LEO❤. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO DIE, DONT PULL A GUN ON ON LEO'S

emk
emk

Glad the officer will recover.

As far as the officer being dragged any number of things that could have occurred in which the officer was being dragged. It sounds like the officer did everything right in this situation.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Good Shot Officer Velasco....Any idiot who decides to fight or attack a police officer takes their own life into their hands!!! Glad to hear the attacker is now at, as Rush says, "Room Temperature"!!!!

Higggs
Higggs

If, while getting arrested, if you choose to fight or resist, ANYTHING that happens - is on the perp. -

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@BobbieLee: not so that I couldn't free myself and certainly not on the windowframe of a driver's side window .of a running vehicle. In fact, I think you are being a bit silly here -- as much as it pains me to say it.

Heezels
Heezels

Burgers all day. Eh, sometimes when something visceral happens you make a decision and stick to it. May not be the best, but it’s what happens. Sometimes an officer want something to stop a suspect, and sometimes they take risks.

They certainly don’t deserve to be shot at or run over. Which isn’t what I hope you’re not implying.

edg
edg

yay!

pixiepup
pixiepup

To Burgers Allday How about some compassion instead of criticism! You really sound like you like to hear yourself! Very sad that you have to be that way!

crsfructso
crsfructso

Wow! Thanks for sharing this story!

Missy64
Missy64

God bless this officer for a brave and heroic job well done!

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

@Burgers Allday, you should hold onto the vehicle exhaust pipe with your mouth all day. That would make things a whole lot better. After all, trolling seems to be the only thing you know how to do.

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

Get well soon brother. Way to stay in the fight. We must not give in.

KHarmon
KHarmon

Burgers Allday, we don't know all the circumstances yet. I have a good friend that was trying to stop shop lifting suspects from leaving a parking lot one day and the driver actually grabbed his arm and pulled him into the door. As he was trying to get out the door slammed on his left hand and his wedding ring prevented him from pulling his hand free. After being dragged nearly 200 feet he was able to free himself. His wedding ring was still wedged in the door when a neighboring agency got the vehicle stopped after a pursuit.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@KHarmon: sounds like your friend was pretty reckless. I hope you didn't encourage him to repeat those shenanigans.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday - I can only assume, once again, that you failed to read @KHarmon comment to you with any degree of comprehension. There is no other explanation other than the distinct possibility you are trolling this site for your own amusement. Which one is it, Burger?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@LEO0301: I read it. His buddy put his hand in a car door frame and his finger got slammed. I am pretty skeptical about the part about the buddy getting dragged because when people do stupid things they tend to embellish or confabulate, but regardless, the lesson that LEO's should take from KHarmon's story is this: play stupid games, win stupid prizes and don't put your hand in places where people can slam doors or windows upon it. When police officers do that it ends up costing taxpayers money and that is a bad thing that police officers need to understand, even if it makes them feel a bit bad.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday - nope, you still didn't read it with any degree of comprehension. This is what it says " I have a good friend that was trying to stop shop lifting suspects from leaving a parking lot one day and the driver actually grabbed his arm and pulled him into the door" See, it says he was grabbed and pulled into the door. Now, policing is a dangerous job and not for those who are a little squeamish, like yourself. Cops get hurt arresting the bad guys. You can mitigate some of those injuries through training but there is no way to eliminate them completely. The thing you always fail to take into consideration is the fact most of these events take place very quickly and the officer needs to make a decision on what to do within a microsecond. They don't have the luxury of watching a video and playing the Monday morning QB. Only attorneys and minority reverends can do that from the safety of their officer or home.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I read the thing. His buddy stuck his hand in a car door frame while trying to make a citizen's arrest and got his ring and finger squished when the driver drove away. Deeply stupid on many levels. KHarmon believes his buddy's outlandish account. I don't and you shouldn't either.

LEO0301
LEO0301

If I can't believe him, how am I suppose to believe you? As someone who has been in some very scary and dangerous situations I can tell you that people will do some crazy shit in attempts to hurt or get away from a police officer. So, what I'm telling you, is that I believe KHarmon's story more than I do your opinion as to what happened.

I'm curious Booger, what is your goal posting comments on this site? What do you hope to accomplish?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

well, my name isn't Booger, but I think your question is a good one, so I will respond. I think that Blue Lives Matter, so some of my posts are merely to offer thoughts and prayers to an officer killed or hurt in the line of duty. However, in many cases police officers are not smart about safety of themselves, or of innocent civilians. In fact, I think that a lot of the posts on this board are calculated to encourage officers to not think realistically about their safety and the safety of innocent civilians. Sometimes, I think this site should be called Let's Hero Worship Cops or White Policemen Can Do No Wrong. So, in response, some of my posts are designed to criticize police conduct that is stupid, especially when it makes situations more dangerous than they need to be. I think police officers (especially white male ones) are used to having their egos stroked, so they don't always take criticism very well, but, ultimately, I think it is helpful for them to see it -- especially the younger readers who are generally a bit more impressionable. Blue Lives certainly do Matter, but it is important to apply that maxim in a thoughtful way and not use it as an excuse to be "as stoopid as I wanna be."

LEO0301
LEO0301

Hmm, I wonder why you had to bring race into the discussion? Anyway, that's a topic for another day. I'll reiterate that policing is a very dangerous occupation. Things happen quickly and there isn't a lot of time to problem solve. You have to react immediately and hope that you live to see another day. Now that everything is video taped, the public (you), get the opportunity to second guess those decisions. I'm sure if I followed you and recorded every moment of your life I could easily find things that you do wrong. Also, what you consider stupid is not necessarily so. I've read your comments and you frequently get it wrong. Even your response to the one above makes me question whether you're responding out of a real concern for the lives of police officers or simply trolling this website. It seems, based on what you just said, that many of the articles and comments on Blue Lives Matter bother you. So why do you continue to read and post responses if you think this is a lovefest for police officers? Be honest, you couldn't care less about police officers. You're here for one reason only and that's to piss off the police officers and pro law enforcement people who come to this website. Please don't try to paint a different picture because we know that it's not true.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@LEO0301: Of course you are not going to believe me. You don't respond rationally to intellectual arguments. Just not how you roll. My comments are not primarily for your benefit. I do think that your comments are useful because they demonstrate how typical policemen think (and sometimes don't think). As far as the race thing, I have read several police boards over the years. The only thing surprising about this particular one is the level of racism. My best explanation is that this is the first new police board I have discovered since Trump was elected to be president. Regardless of the explanation, this board really does have a shocking degree of racism.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday - Oh, so now you're an intellectual?!?! Of course you are, Burger, of course you are... Just so you know, and I blame myself for not making it perfectly clear to you and other trolls, much of what I say to you and HCD is tongue in cheek. Your comments are so ridiculous that I have no other choice but to respond in kind.

I don't know if your racism remarks are aimed at me but if they are, I'm not. I worked a high crime minority neighborhood for most of my 25 year career. During that time I saw and was exposed to things that would give most people nightmares. It was not uncommon seeing little children playing in front of their homes at 2 in the morning watching the local drug dealers standing on street corners flagging cars over. I saw these same kids grow up to be adults, who not so surprisingly, were also selling dope on the street corners. I actively pursued the criminals because I owed it to the hard working people who lived in those areas. Why should they have to worry about a stray bullet taking out one of their family members? As a result of my desire to make it a safer neighborhood I was threatened with my life, phone calls in the middle of the night with threats to kill me, and of course the racist comments from these same thugs of "I'm going to F your wife, you pussy ass cracker". So, when I post comment on this site about behavior, trust me, it comes from experience.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 So all your thoughts and feelings about minorities come from the one municipality you policed? That can't get more narrowminded.

And on the other hand, if all a person has seen all their life is cops hassling them and their neighborhood, you find it wrong that they have a wrong perception of all cops?

Plesse explain how it's fine for you to judge a group based on experience but not fine for a group to judge cops by their experiences?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 I wish adults could back up their thoughts with reasoning then. If I'm the child in this situation, then maybe you should grow down.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn - okay, I'm done with what I was doing, so now I'll answer your question. The difference between me and those who hate cops is that I recognize that most black people are good and want a better life. There is a very small percentage of blacks who commit the majority of violent crime in this country. FBI stats will back me up on that one. However, I still believe that having over 72%+ of black children growing up without a male figure in the house is something that needs to be addressed, don't you? I just read an article about a black male who fathered over 40+ children that was murdered recently. Seriously, who does something like that?!?! How irresponsible!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 Thats great and all, but i don't believe you. Didn't you recently type the phrase 13%'er when referring to a criminal on a chat board today?

That doesn't sound at all like you think most black people are upstanding citizens. Using a phrase in the context you used it sure does look like you consider all black folk one and the same.

Also, you didn't even touch my question: if it's alright for you to have prejudices based solely on your interactions, why is it so impossible to believe that others form their prejudices from cop actions?

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn - yep, I sure did use 13%. The black population makes up 13% of this country's population. If I said 5% would you know who I was talking about?

There have been numerous studies done recently that totally disprove the allegations made about police officers. That is a fact. Now, for sure, there are people who believe otherwise, and nothing I say will change their mind. It's that old saying "perception is reality." Usually the ones making the most noise have had encounters with the police because they have broken the law. Of course they're not going to be happy. It's funny how so many of those complaints have now been found to be false thanks to videos.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 Yes, you used 13% in reference to a criminal. You grouped all black folk into your reference to a criminal. So what I have been saying this whole time, that you're a racist, is true. Your defense is to call me a racist, but it's not true. What you said is the proof that you're a racist though.

And it's about time you responded to the damn question, with a bunch of other bullshit attached. What I gather from you is "Yes, it's alright for black folk to have prejudices against the cops, because I have prejudices against black folk." Thank you for answering.

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

"Deputy Velasco returned fire and permanently relieved the suspect of his duty to appear in court" Best line ever !! Well done Deputy.