MARANA, AZ - WARNING: The nature of the video above is graphic. Some viewers may find it disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.
New dash cam video shows a Marana police officer slam his patrol vehicle into a suspect, causing the man to be thrown into the air.
Two newly-released police videos show the same Feb. 19 incident from the view of both the officer's vehicle, as well as the dash cam inside the initial responder's car.
In the video, the officer who first responded to the scene follows the suspect as he walks down the street and fires his gun into the air.
"Alright, one round just went off into the sky. It's definitely unlocked now. It's definitely loaded," the officer says into his radio. "Have units be prepared."
Seconds later, that same officer can be heard saying, "unit right there just stand off, stand off. The gun is loaded."
Eight seconds later, a second patrol vehicle drives past the officer and runs into the suspect, sending the man into the air. That patrol vehicle also crashed into a brick wall.
"Oh! Jesus Christ! Man down," the officer relays over the radio. Several officers then proceed to run to the crash to check on the patrolman and the suspect.
Marana police Sgt. Chris Warran told Scripps station KGUN that 36-year-old Martio Miranda Valencia had stolen a rifle from a nearby Walmart. He was also suspected of other crimes in Tucson that happened earlier in the day, including shoplifting, vehicle theft and arson.
"Our officers immediately started telling him to drop the gun, put it down. He subsequently put it to his head and refused to put it down," said Warren. Valencia then ran away into a nearby business park which is where the released dash cam video begins.
"Had he gone into one of these businesses and started shooting, or even taking hostages, it could have been much worse of a situation," said Warren.
The suspect was detained and taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released, said police. He was booked into Pima County Jail on suspicion of discharging a firearm in city limits, aggravated assault of a police officer with a deadly weapon and shoplifting involving a firearm.