Police identify man dead in officer involved shooting on the south side

Officers okay, 1 man dead
Posted at 8:35 PM, May 26, 2017

One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting on Tucson's south side Friday night.

According to TPD, the incident occurred at 5401 South Park Avenue near the South Lawn Cemetery. Police responded a 9-1-1 call from a man advising that he was suicidal and had a gun. He was located at the southwest part of the cemetery.

The man has been identified as 34-year-old Joseph Zimmerman.

According to Sgt. Kimberly Bay with TPD, Officers attempted to communicate with Zimmerman through the use of cell phone and also worked to evacuate citizens visiting the cemetery.

At one point Zimmerman threw his phone down and began to approach the officers with a gun to his head. After multiple commands asking him to put down the gun, he lowered the gun in the direction of the officers.

Zimmerman was then shot by two officers. After rendering first aid, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

No officers were injured during the incident.

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