Tucson, AZ– A domestic violence situation escalated into a deadly shooting Monday evening.
According to Sgt. Pete Dugan of the Tucson Police Department (TPD), on June 12th, 24-year-old Anthony L. Garrett forced his way into the apartment of his ex-girlfriend and threatened her and his old roommate with a gun.
Detectives with the Domestic Violence unit investigated but were unable to locate Garrett.
Then on Monday evening, Garrett showed up looking for her where she worked at a building on 5210 E. Williams Circle, near East Broadway Boulevard and South Craycroft Rd.
Alert co-workers, who were aware of the attack which happened only days earlier, spotted Garrett when he walked into the lobby of the business.
They quickly alerted two armed security guards who approached Garrett. But Garrett had come prepared for violence with the pistol he’d used to intimidate his ex-girlfriend and roommate.
Gunfire erupted between them, with Garrett only landing a shot on a guard’s boot, but not injuring the man. The guards returned fire, landing their shots and killing Garrett.
There were no other reports of injuries resulting from the shooting.
“The girlfriend was not injured,” Sgt. Dugan said. “She was not there when the gunfire took place here.”
Two things stand out about this Defensive Gun Use (DGU):
- Fortunately for this woman and her co-workers, there were armed defenders nearby to fight the clearly disturbed Garrett. However, not everyone has the luxury of working at a place with security. Had the guards not been there to face him, things might have turned out very differently.
- The alert co-workers deserve praise in their quick reaction to get the guards attention to the matter. Not only is this a prime example of “See something. Say Something.” But also, why it is important to say something to those in your community about your situation. Use your community to help protect you from violent criminals like Garrett.
What stands out to you?