- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Tucson police officer suffered non-life threatening injuries Monday when a suspect who had previously attacked other officers choked him, took his service weapon and shot him in the hand, authorities said.

Police identified the suspect as Daniel Nelson, 28, who was being treated at a Tucson hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

They said Nelson would be facing felony aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, misdemeanor trespass and additional charges after he’s released from the hospital.

The incident began around 12:30 a.m. Monday when a convenience store clerk in the city’s east side called police about a man who wouldn’t leave. Police escorted the man away without incident but found him on the property again an hour later.

The man attacked officers when they approached him again, police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Bay said.



One officer was punched in the face while another had his police badge ripped off his uniform. Bay said the back of the badge has a sharp pin that the suspect used in the attack on the officers.

Officers called for backup and were able to subdue Nelson, who was arrested and taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries he sustained in the altercation, Bay said.

Around 4 a.m., Nelson allegedly attacked a different officer who was guarding him at the hospital, Bay said.

Nelson reportedly choked the officer before taking his gun and shooting him once in the hand.

The wounded officer radioed for emergency assistance, Bay said. Hospital security and additional officers responded and Nelson was placed back into custody, she said.

“The officer inside that hospital really had a fight. Even after he was shot, he was still able to sustain it and was fighting for his life,” Bay said.

The name of the officer wasn’t immediately released.

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