TPD releases report on February 2015 officer-involved shooting - MEREDITHAZ

TPD releases report on February 2015 officer-involved shooting

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Jessica Uribe (Source: Tucson Police Department) Jessica Uribe (Source: Tucson Police Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Tucson police officer involved in a shooting that left one woman dead last year is no longer with the department, according to spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Bay of the Tucson Police Department.

TPD said Jaime Gutierrez was terminated though his termination was not related to this incident.

[READ: Officer involved shooting turns deadly]

Police officials said Gutierrez was checking on a call about a suspicious woman near a business in the 1200 block of W. Saint Mary's Road in February 2015 when the incident happened.

The woman, later identified as 28-year-old Jessica Uribe, was allegedly armed with a knife and charged at Gutierrez.

According to newly obtained reports provided by TPD, Uribe had three gunshot wounds, "one to the stomach, one to the upper-right side of her chest and one on her right wrist."

A TPD sergeant spoke with Gutierrez during an interview following the incident and said Gutierrez allegedly felt Uribe was being argumentative when he told her to stop as she was approaching him.

He said he told her, "If you don't sit down, I will put you down."

Gutierrez was not injured and was placed on administrative leave shortly after the incident, which is standard procedure when an officer is involved in a shooting.

TPD officials said he had been with the department for two years and was an officer assigned to the downtown division.

A witness told police the night of the incident that "when [Uribe] fell, the policeman was in a very tense situation, almost in a hysterical condition."

The reports also said Gutierrez immediately rendered aid to Uribe and called for help.

Anna Veleta, Uribe's sister, said Uribe suffered from a mental condition and was going to a local treatment center for help at the time of her death.

She said Uribe was diagnosed with schizophrenia and wasn't sure if she was taking her medication when she allegedly charged Gutierrez with a knife.

"This excessive force needs to stop," Veleta said. "It's happening everywhere. She didn't deserve to die that way."

According to Tucson Police Officers Association spokesman Jason Winsky, TPD offers counseling services for any officers involved in deadly shootings.

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