- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Tucson police released dash-cam video Thursday showing an officer who was grazed in the head by a bullet lying on the ground and engaging in a shootout with a suspect.

The officer was identified as Robert Miranda, a 12-year veteran of the department. Miranda has been released from a hospital.

The suspect, Marcus De La Torre, 33, was also shot and was in stable condition, authorities said.

The incident began Monday night as Miranda and another officer were conducting an operation focused on drug and gang activity in the city’s south area.

The officers spotted De La Torre on a motorized bike breaking several traffic laws, police chief Chris Magnus said in a letter to the mayor and City Council.

The officers tried to pull the man over but he fled, eventually dropping his bike, which police say he crashed, and running away.

Video shows an officer chasing the man in his police car through an alley and then onto a street, where Miranda is seen lying in the middle of the road after having been shot. The officer is seen firing his gun and it appears the gunman was also firing from his weapon while running away.

Police say the officer in the cruiser, identified as 10-year veteran Robert Orduño, exited his car and fired at the suspect as De La Torre kept shooting at the officers.

Magnus says De La Torre has served time for assault on Tucson police officers. It wasn’t immediately clear if De La Torre has an attorney.

“Our officers have shown they never give up even when facing life-threatening odds or grave danger. In this case, Officer Miranda came under fire, but even injured, he never gave up and continued to return fire at the suspect,” the chief wrote.


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