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Ariz. Sgt. Shot In Head Critical

November 19, 2012  | 

Photo: Tucson PD
Photo: Tucson PD

Federal investigators are assisting the Tucson (Ariz.) Police Department identify and locate the suspect who shot a sergeant in the head during a residential alarm call.

Agents with the United States Marshal's Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives have joined the investigation to assist officers with the agency's Crimes Against Persons Division and Property Crimes Division.

Sgt. Robert Carpenter, 46, remained in critical condition Monday after undergoing surgery at a local trauma center, Sgt. Marcia Hawke tells POLICE Magazine.

"The information the medical staff are providing to us is extremely encouraging," said Sgt. Hawke, the agency's public information officer. "When the medical staff woke him up, he showed evidence of awareness."

Sgt. Carpenter was shot early Sunday morning at a residence that had registered two alarms that morning. Officers initially responded to an audible alarm in the 4000 block of East Elmwood St. at 1:43 a.m.

The first officer to arrive encountered an adult male in the yard of the residence, and gave verbal commands. The man didn't comply and instead ran from the area. Officers determined entry had been made to the home, concluded their investigation, and left the area at 4:15 a.m.

About an hour later, a second audible alarm brought officers to the residence again. Sgt. Carpenter and two officers discovered signs of forced entry to the home and searched inside.

After they left the home, a loud noise was heard and Sgt. Carpenter fell to the ground.

Sgt. Carpenter, who was coming up on 12 years with the agency, served as the midnight supervisor.

By Paul Clinton

Tags: Tucson PD, Assaults on Officers, Alarm Systems


Comments (5)

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NICHOLAS M CIANCI @ 11/20/2012 3:24 AM

ANOTHER HERO IS SHOT. I AM PRAYING FOR SGT. CARPENTER TO MAKE A QUICK RECOVERY.

S.S @ 11/20/2012 7:11 AM

Hang in there Sarge. You're gonna make it. You have a lot to live for, and we're all behind you with our thoughts and prayers. I'm also praying for the swift capture of this shitbag that did this. I'm an officer and have been for close to 18 years, and I'm from El Paso, Tx. and our dept.'s thoughts and prayers are with you.

Patrick walker @ 11/20/2012 8:48 AM

Thoughts and prayers going out to you and family!!!!

RICHARD @ 11/20/2012 5:09 PM

WHEN I WAS A YOUNG CADET BEFORE MANY OF YOU WERE BORN WE WERE TOLD THAT STATISTICS SHOWED THAT BURGLARS DIDN'T NORMALLY CARRY FIRE ARMS. I SAID BULLSHIT THEN AND STILL DO. SGT' CARPENTER UNFORTUNATELY PROVED MY POINT. GOD BLESS SGT CARPENTER, WE ARE ALL PULLING FOR YOU.

Mike @ 12/21/2012 12:19 AM

Glad to hear your doing good. I don't know you but I wish you well. For myself and all the police officer here in CT. God speed.

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