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April 14, 2015

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Suspect Mario Valencia saved by cops

Police produced dash cam video footage showing how a police officer used his squad car to put an end to a crime rampage in February that extended from Tucson to Marana.

Video Footage from a separate vehicle shows Suspect Mario Valencia wandering down a street holding a rifle, shooting one shot into the air. The Arizona Daily Star reported at the time that Valencia allegedly walked off with the rifle from a local retail store and imperiled to shoot himself in the head when approached by officers before being struck by Rapiejko.

Police Car Hit Suspect Mario Valencia Dash Cam Video

According to news reports, Police Chief Terry Rozema said that Rapiejko’s action saved the suspect’s life. The suspect Mario Valencia was hospitalized for 2 days before being arrested for aggravated assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm inside the city limits, and shoplifting involving a firearm.

“This was a dangerous felon who ‘d been on a crime spree throughout the morning,” Sgt. Chris Warren said to KOLD at the time of the arrest. “He’d just stolen a weapon, loaded it, was not obeying commands from officers and was walking toward occupied businesses.

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