Gunman Shoots Tucson Officer, Gets Out Of Jail For Just $750

Roy King shot at two Tucson police officers and the judge let him walk free for just $750.

Tucson, AZ – A man who opened fire on two Tucson police officers on Friday night has already been released back onto the street, after having posted just a $750 bond.

According to the Tucson Police Officer’s Association, the Pima County Attorney’s Office asked Judge Michael Pollard to hold the gunman, 51-year-old Roy King, on $100,000 bond at the time of his initial appearance.

Pollard opted to set King’s bail at just $7,500, which required the attempted cop-killer to fork over only $750 in order to walk out of the jail.

“The Tucson Police Officers Association is extremely disappointed with the bail assigned to King,” the group said in a media release. “This shockingly low amount of money allowed King to walk out of jail before either officer was allowed to return to work.”

The incident began at approximately 9:45 p.m. on May 18, when officers were called for a report of a domestic disturbance at a local bar, Tucson Police Sergeant Pete Dugan said in a statement, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

King’s stepson told 911 that King had threatened him and his friend with a gun during an argument, KMSB reported.

No one was injured during the dispute, and King left the bar.

Tucson Police Officers Nathan Stout and Steven Clark responded to King’s residence to speak with him about the allegations, but arrived to find the man armed with a handgun, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

King yelled at the officers from his backyard, and then began shooting at them, police said.

One of the bullets fired by King struck an officer in his duty belt, which stopped the round from tearing into the officer’s abdomen.

The gunman retreated into his home, as the officers returned fire.

King called 911 from inside his residence, and additional Tucson officers came to the scene and convinced him to surrender, WCPO reported.

He was taken to the Pima County Jail, where he was charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, KMSB reported.

Officer Stout and Officer Clark, both of whom have been with the department for approximately 18 months, were not injured.

“King shot a firearm at two uniformed police officers, who were doing their jobs by investigating a violent crime,” the Tucson Police Officer’s Association noted. “If not for some luck, and a very fortunately placed nylon duty belt, one of Tucson’s Finest may not have made it home that night.”

“To allow the suspect of this incident to walk free while the officers are still trying to cope with the severity of the incident is a complete travesty of justice,” the association concluded.

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus expressed outrage upon learning that the man who opened fire on two of his officers was afforded such an insignificant bond.

“A bail amount of $7,500... is outrageous for this type and number of violent assaults,” Chief Magnus told KGUN. “An officer was almost killed!”

“The judge is a great man,” the chief continued. “But this was a very poor decision.”

King's next court appearance was scheduled for May 29, according to KMSB.

Comments (21)
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Marxest
Marxest

Well, look at who and what this man is. He could be an upstanding citizen with no priors. Obviously the judge (described as a "great man") felt that he shouldnt deny this white man the opportunity to post bail, no matter what he has done. Anywho, that's an in-matter that Arizona has to deal with.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Maybe he didn't know they were police and thought they were intruders. Or maybe the police have a legitimate gripe. Roll tape.

bronx163
bronx163

Just make your rounds count when engaged.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Is that dried blood under his nostrils?

Poileas
Poileas

The City Government is corrupt in Tucson. The Officers I have talked to in TPD say that besides spying on everyone and themselves, the administration of the Department have adopted liberal policies of the City Council and play those policies out at the behest of the union at the peril of public safety. The Chief has a long history of community organizing rather than actual advancement of public safety or policing.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Sorry but race has no bearing here, as it also has no bearing in the majority of situations. He was booked on FOUR counts of assault with a desktop weapon. He should've NEVER received such a low bond regardless of his targets.

b1rd
b1rd

@Marxest I almost pitty people like you, Shelby, Burgers and H_C Dumbass. But then I realize your blind bigotry is a choice. By the way, what made y'all hate certain people so much.

Conwol
Conwol

This is a disgrace. This guy shot at the police. $750 is peanuts for the bail. This judge needs to be investigated. If the cop had been injured, or (God forbid) killed, would the bail then be raised to $1,000 ? Sorry, but I feel the cops deserve more respect from the judges. I know many do not agree with me, but I don't care. These cops go out everyday to protect me & my community. There is no guarantee that they might go home after work. I am so damn sick of people all over bashing cops , it seems everywhere. And I do know that there were many times times, that their actions were not good. But, in every barrell your going to get a rotten apple. I think they are trying their best to weed out the bad cops. Because I honestly feel that the majority of them, are out there everyday doing their job well.

JBo
JBo

And people wonder why the country is going down the toilet...

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

HeWasMyHero1943
HeWasMyHero1943

When the judiciary system fails we all lose. It’s high time that we as a nation come together regardless of race, regardless of gender and regardless of station. We need to stop working against each other. The majority of the law enforcement officers are damn good people and a majority of those are former or retired military personnel, who wanted to still serve their community and chose law enforcement to do so. Your going to have good and bad in all professions. This bail was demeaning and certainly ridiculous, it’s very apparent that this man has an issue with anger and certainly makes rash decisions based on his blood alcohol percentage. And that in and of itself is extreme danger for the public. #ALLLIVESMATTER

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

This Judge Needs to be removed from the bench, and run slap out of the county. He let a person walk on a $7,500 bond after for he shot 3 cops. How ridiculous is this??

BigDiDaddy
BigDiDaddy

Typical Liberal Judges moronic decisions. To bad the cops were not better shots. A 35 cent bullet would have made all of this a happy ending.

dsmarine
dsmarine

These politicicians and judges are gettin to be as dangerous as the perps!

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

That guy looks like a white Hussein Obama, no wonder he shot at the cops.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

King has said he thought someone was trying to steal his car and did not know they were officers.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday - tell us again how you're not a common troll...I love hearing that story. Speaking of stories, maybe you should try reading this one before commenting.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

If King really did believe that the police officers were not police officers, but, rather armed men trying to steal his car then that is important to know from an officer safety perspective. Because Blue Lives Matter.

John.Brown
John.Brown

WARNING: Please don't feed the trolls!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Oh, JohnDotBrown, you think everyone is a troll! #notatroll.