Tucson Officer shoots suspect brandishing bayonets

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson police officer shot and wounded a man wanted in a kidnapping and sexual assault case when the suspect allegedly charged the officer while holding a bayonet in each hand, the Police Department said.

The incident occurred in a desert area in midtown Tucson after police received a report that the suspect was in the area, police said in a statement.

According to police, the officer confronted the suspect after a foot chase and shot the suspect when he charged toward the officer while brandishing the bayonets.

Police identified the suspect as James Nicholas Pacheco, 37, and said he was taken to a hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

Once released from the hospital, Pacheco will face charges stemming from the sexual assault and kidnapping and the incident Monday.

Online court records didn’t list an attorney for Pacheco who could comment on the allegations.

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